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Wayne Pivac

Wayne Pivac

Head Coach

Profile Biog
Date of birth 10 September 1962
Coaching career Takapuna, Northland, Auckland, Fiji, North Harbour, Scarlets

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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Opposition Breakdown
Team Matches Won Draw Lost
Barbarians 1 1 0 0

WRU Staff

Neil Jenkins

Skills Coach

Huw Bennett

Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach

John Ashby

Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach / Nutritional Support

Ryan Chambers

Sport Scientist: Wales

Jon Williams

National Team Nutritionist

Rhodri Bown

WRU Head of Performance Analysis

Andrew Hughes

Performance Analyst

Prav Mathema

National Medical Manager

Dr Geoff Davies

WRU National Team Doctor

Mark Davies


Angela Rickard


Caroline Morgan

National Squad PA

John Rowlands

Baggage Master, Technical & Equipment Support

Luke Broadley

National Squad Media Manager

Marc Kinnaird

Performance Analyst

Paul Stridgeon

Head of Physical Performance

John Miles

Senior Physiotherapist

Hanlie Fouche

Soft tissue therapist

Stephen Jones

Attack coach

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Head Coach

Jonathan Humphreys

Forwards coach

Byron Hayward

Defence coach

Sam Warburton

Technical Advisor: Defence/Breakdown

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Principal Partners
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Official Broadcast Partners
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