Wayne Pivac was appointed as the successor as head coach to Warren Gatland on 9 July, 2018, while he was still coaching the Scarlets. He took over the coaching duties at the end of the 2019 World Cup and his first game in charge was the uncapped match between Wales and the Barbarians on 30 November, 2019.
As a player at Rosmini College and then Westlake Boys High School in his native New Zealand, he was a back row forward. He graduated to play for North Harbour, while serving as a policeman, before taking up a coaching post at the Takapuna club.
From there he moved on to take charge of North Harbour’s 2nd XV before getting the head coach role at Northland. He led them to a National Provincial Championship second division title in 1997 and then earned them promotion to the First Division the following year.
In 2002 and 2003 he coached Auckland to the NPC title as well as the Ranfurly Shield. He was voted New Zealand Rugby Union Coach of the Year in 2003.
In February, 2004, he was recruited by Fiji and took over as their coach from Mac McCallion. In his first year in charge Fiji was the Pacific Tri-Nations and in 2005 he helped to coach the Rugby World Cup Sevens winning team.
He left Fiji in 2007 and returned to take up an appointment as head coach at his former province, North harbour. He stepped down after only one season in charge, but was back at Auckland in 2011, succeeding Mark Anscombe as coach in the ITM Cup.
He was appointed as the assistant coach of the Scarlets in 2014, working with the forwards underneath Simon Easterby. When Easterby opted to take up the role of forwards coach with Ireland the Scarlets turned to Pivac to take over as head coach. Working alongside Stephen Jones and Byron Hayward he developed a style and a team that was able to lead his side to a stunning Guinness PRO12 title in 2017, which was secured with a six try, 46-22 win over Munster in Dublin, a second final the following year and a Heineken Champions Cup semi-final.
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