Wales head coach Wayne Pivac replaced by Warren Gatland

Wales head coach Wayne Pivac replaced by Warren Gatland

Wayne Pivac has left his position as Wales head coach and will be replaced by his predecessor Warren Gatland.

Gatland will take charge of next year’s Six Nations and Rugby World Cup, and potentially the 2027 tournament.

The decision follows a Welsh Rugby Union review into a dismal autumn campaign, which included a first loss to Georgia.

Former Scarlets coach Pivac took over from fellow New Zealander Gatland after the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

But during the 60-year-old’s final year in charge, Wales only won three out of 12 games.

Gatland is Wales’ most successful and longest serving coach, having won three Grand Slams during his 12 year reign, and guided Wales to the semi-finals of the 2011 and 2019 World Cups.

In his final season, he took Wales to the top of World Rugby’s rankings for the first time, having recorded a 14-match unbeaten run.

Gatland departs Super Rugby side the Chiefs to return to Wales before Christmas.

Pivac’s three year tenure saw Wales slip to ninth in the rankings, having won 13 games, lost 20 and drawn one.

2022 was a particularly disappointing year in which Wales suffered home defeats to Italy in the Six Nations and Georgia last month.

His highlights include a 2021 Six Nations title and a first a Test victory on South African soil in the summer.

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