Pivac named as Wales rugby coach from 2019

Wayne Pivac led Scarlets to their first major trophy in 13 years

Wayne Pivac replaces Warren Gatland, the longest-serving and most successful coach of Wales, with the New Zealander's contract set to expire after the World Cup.

Pivac meanwhile led the Scarlets to the Guinness PRO14 title in 2017 for the first time in over a decade, before again taking them to the final this season where they lost to Leinster, along with a European Champions Cup semi-final.

It's said that Pivac's appointment has come after two years of "meticulous research and extensive consultation" at the end of which they appointed the head coach of the best team in Welsh rugby.

The Scarlets boss will take over when Gatland steps down after the 2019 Six Nations and the Rugby World Cup in Japan, and will remain at Scarlets for the entirety of next season.

WRU chairman Gareth Davies and chief executive Martyn Phillips host a scheduled press conference later.

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"Both Wayne and Warren and their coaching teams, our global players, supporters and everyone at the Scarlets now have clarity and there is no underestimating the positive benefit to be gained from having the time to plan properly for the future".

"We have secured the best man for the job and we have done so rigorously and decisively", said Phillips.

The 55-year-old, who coached Fiji at worldwide level from 2004 to 2007, has been in charge at the Scarlets for the past four seasons, having initially been assistant to Simon Easterby.

Gatland is a two-time British and Irish Lions head coach, winning one series in Australia and tying with the All Blacks a year ago.

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