The WRU have confirmed that Scarlets coach Wayne Pivac will be the next Wales coach.
The current Scarlets boss will take over from Warren Gatland, who is scheduled to step down after the 2019 Rugby World Cup when he will have served more than 12 years at the helm.
Replacing the longest-serving and most successful head coach in the history of the game in Wales has been a major priority for Welsh Rugby Union chief executive Martyn Phillips since Gatland confirmed his decision to move on at the end of his contract in December 2019.
Pivac's appointment is the result of a two year process undertaken by Phillips and WRU chairman Gareth Davies, which has involved meticulous research and extensive consultation, and today's announcement leaves a year-long gap ahead of his start date, by design.
The 55-year-old former Fiji and Auckland boss - and one-time coaching colleague to both Graham Henry and Steve Hansen - will remain at the 2017 Pro12 winning Scarlets for the entirety of the 2018/19 season and will only officially come under WRU employment in July 2019.
Pivac will be the 23rd man to lead Wales since David Nash was appointed head coach in 1967 - a WRU panel of selectors ran the international teams before that time.
Full story via: www.wru.co.uk
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