WRU extends head coach Wayne Pivac’s stick with contract extension

The Welsh Rugby Union has confirmed that Wales coach Wayne Pivac has signed a contract extension by to the 2023 World Cup.

Previous to Wales’ 2021 Six Nations Championship title triumph, Pivac had been beneath strain and his job in jeopardy following a set of poor outcomes all through the Covid-19-affected 2020 season.

However Pivac’s Welsh aspect turned issues round in 2021 with a shocking Six Nations marketing campaign throughout which they have been solely actually challenged by France for the title.

Writing within the newest WRU weekly standing replace, CEO Steve Phillips mentioned: ‘Wayne Pivac has the 2023 Rugby World Cup firmly in his sights and a complete plan for Wales to reach there on the peak of our powers with the total backing of the Welsh Rugby Union to realize that purpose.

‘We meet after each marketing campaign to debate how we’re monitoring in opposition to any plan. We met after the Autumn Nations Cup. That marketing campaign, as acknowledged publicly by administration on the time, was about giving gamers the chance to expertise Take a look at rugby and to offer administration the chance to see how they fared. 

‘Wayne was equally unambiguous about his distinction between the autumn and the Guinness Six Nations championship the place we’d be taking part in event rugby and outcomes mattered. If silverware was the one measure then, in fact, successful each the Triple Crown and the event itself might be seen as “mission completed”.

It’s vitally vital that we assess our progress in a thought-about manner. In skilled sport it’s potential to go from hero to zero and again once more in a fortnight. To keep away from knee-jerk reactions we measure progress in opposition to short- and long-term objectives. Wayne, the administration and the gamers are, by any measure, progressing extraordinarily effectively.

Successful the championship this yr was an apparent short-term objective, however we now have been equally impressed by what was achieved this autumn when the stall was set to blood new gamers, enhance power in depth and mattress in a brand new and different method to ways and gameplans.

‘Wayne and his administration workforce and gamers have delivered. I do know I communicate on behalf of the board and everybody on the WRU in congratulating them on their achievements and we sit up for following their continued progress on the highway to France 2023.’

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