Wayne Pivac in line to be next Wales coach?

Date published: April 3 2018

Scarlets head coach Wayne Pivac has revealed that he has held informal talks with the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) about succeeding Warren Gatland as Wales’ coach in 2019.

Pivac signed a new Scarlets deal in October 2017 and is believed to be the a favourite to replace Gatland, who has been Wales’ coach since 2007, along with Glasgow Warrios head coach Dave Rennie.

Pivac has admitted previously that he would be interested in the Wales position.

The New Zealander, who has guided Wales to PRO14 success in 2017 and who led them to the semi-final of this season’s Champions Cup, said the negotiations he had with the WRU was not a proper interview for the coaching role.

“(It was) Nothing formal, nothing major at all, just discussions around my contract here, because obviously I’ve just signed a new contract with Scarlets,” Pivac told the BBC.

“As you’d expect, I’m sure most coaches at the highest level in Wales would have had conversations.

“But there has not been a formal interview.”

He also revealed that Wales wing George North will not return to the Scarlets from Northampton Saints, who he joined from the Welsh region in 2013.

North has already announced that he will return to Wales but must still decide on which region he will join at the end of the 2017/18 seson.

“We have signed a back three player and we’re only signing one,” said Pivac.

“We haven’t been informed where George is going by anybody – I think everybody’s still waiting- but you can only wait so long and we have signed a player in the back three.”

Scarlets have been heavily linked with Cheetahs full-back Clayton Blommetjies.

“We’re pretty much done now and we’ll rollout a couple of signings over the coming weeks,” added Pivac.

“The main back three signing and a few players re-signing from within and one or two others from outside.”