Wales unveil Warren Gatland's replacement

Former Auckland coach Wayne Pivac is set to take over in Wales according to reports

The Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) is today expected to name Warren Gatland's successor as Wales coach with Scarlets boss Wayne Pivac tipped for the role.

Pivac has performed the same role at the Scarlets since 2014, masterminding a Guinness Pro12 title past year and securing passage into the semi-finals of the Champions Cup in the same season.

Gatland steps down after the 2019 World Cup and fellow New Zealander Pivac has always been touted as his successor. They also lost to Leinster in the semi-finals of this year's European Champions Cup.

The 55-year-old former Fiji boss will be the 23rd man to lead Wales since David Nash was appointed head coach in 1967.

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Pivac, who also coached Scarlets to a thumping victory over Irish powerhouses Munster to land the 2017 Celtic League title, saw off two fellow New Zealanders - two-time Super Rugby winning coach Dave Rennie, who is presently in charge of Glasgow Warriors, and Scott Robetson. He was appointed Scarlets assistant coach in 2014 before taking over from Simon Easterby as head coach when the former Ireland worldwide left to take up a role with the IRFU.

"What Martyn Phillips has achieved here is fairly unique in world sport, I have a further 12 months to dedicate my time to the Scarlets and, in the background, the necessary plans and preparations can be put in place to ensure a smooth transition after the World Cup".

Martyn Phillips, chief executive of the WRU, said that there should be no complaints after a rigorous selection process which took two years to complete.

'I'll do everything in my power to live up to the expectations of the hugely passionate and knowledgeable rugby loving Welsh public'.

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