Wayne Pivac will stay on as Wales coach until the 2023 World Cup as WRU confirm they will not use his summer break clause after turning around a miserable first year by taking the Six Nations title.
- Wayne Pivac will stay on as Wales coach until at least the 2023 Rugby World Cup
- The New Zealander had a break clause that could have been used this summer
- But he turned Wales’s fortunes around and led them to the Six Nations title
- WRU has promised to keep Pivac at least until the end of his four-year contract
Wayne Pivac will continue as Wales coach until at least the 2023 World Cup after his maiden Six Nations win – with Welsh bosses giving him ‘full support’ to continue.
The New Zealander, 58, had a severance clause in his contract this summer if things went wrong.
But after the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) has twisted Wales’ fortunes from losing 10 of 13 Tests in 2020 to winning the Six Nations title this year, the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) has pledged to keep Pivac until at least the end of his four-year contract.
Wayne Pivac will remain Wales’ coach until at least the 2023 World Cup, it has been confirmed
While staying at Pivac has always been an expected formality after such a strong Six Nations, Wales can now with certainty plan ahead for the 2023 World Cup in France.
Steve Phillips, Chief Executive of WRU, said: “Wayne and his management team and players have performed.
‘I know I speak on behalf of the board and everyone at the WRU by congratulating them on their achievements and we look forward to monitoring their continued progress towards France in 2023.
Wayne has the 2023 World Cup firmly in his sights and a comprehensive plan for Wales to arrive there at the height of our powers with the full support of the WRU to achieve that goal.
‘We meet after each campaign to discuss how we measure against each plan. We met after the Autumn Nations Cup.
Pivac returned Wales’ fortunes from losing 10 of 13 Tests in 2020 to winning the Six Nations
That campaign, as stated publicly by management at the time, was about giving players the chance to experience Test rugby and giving management a chance to see how they were doing.
Wayne was equally unequivocal about his distinction between fall and the Guinness Six Nations Championship, where we would play tournament rugby and the results mattered.
If silverware was the only measure, then winning both the Triple Crown and the tournament itself can of course be seen as ‘mission accomplished’.
“It is vital that we make an informed assessment of our progress. In professional sports, it is possible to go from hero to zero and back again within fourteen days.
Wales can now plan ahead for the 2023 World Cup in France with their head coach’s future intact
To avoid ‘shocking’ reactions, we measure progress against short and long-term goals. Regardless, Wayne, management and players are making exceptionally good progress.
Winning the championship this year was an obvious short-term goal, but we’re equally impressed with what was accomplished this fall as the box was set up to help new players bleed, power in depth and improve bed in a new and varied approach to tactics. and game plans. ‘
Pivac is now waiting for his next tests as Wales is not yet sure whether their proposed tour to Argentina will continue in South America this summer – they are open to games to be played in Wales this summer if this is not considered sufficient travel due to Covid restrictions.