Warren Gatland returns to Wales as head coach with Wayne Pivac sacked

Warren Gatland has returned to Wales as head coach after the Welsh Rugby Union parted company with Wayne Pivac.

Gatland, who took charge of Wales between 2007 and 2019, has been given a contract through to and including the 2027 World Cup in Australia.

Pivac leaves after a miserable 2022 during which Wales won just once during the Six Nations and were beaten by Georgia during the autumn internationals.

“This is one of the toughest calls to make in sport, but the review process has reached its conclusion and we have acted quickly and efficiently in the very best interests of our national team,” said WRU CEO Steve Phillips in a statement.

“Ultimately we are in the results business and we have agreed with Wayne that the current trajectory for Wales is not where we want it to be and we thank him sincerely for his time, enthusiasm, diligence and effort, which is unquestioned, as head coach over the last three years.”

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