Wales' longest-standing coach Warren Gatland has been reappointed for the 2023 season as the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) parts ways with Wayne Pivac. WRU CEO Steve Phillips confirmed the development on Monday and stated that Gatland, who served as Wales' longest-standing coach, will take over for the 2023 Six Nations and next year's Rugby World Cup following a review of the Autumn Nations Series.
According to Mr. Phillips, the appointment of Warren Gatland has been finalized after the review process reached to its conclusion and a quick and efficient decision has been taken in the interest of the national team.
"Ultimately we are in the results business, and we have agreed with Wayne that the current trajectory for Wales is not where want it to be and we thank him sincerely for his time, enthusiasm, diligence and effort, which is unquestionable, as head coach over the last three years," Mr. Phillips was quoted in a released statement.
He further assured the Warren is bringing in one of the very best coaches in the international game and assured the Gatland's appointment followed long-term planning for the game in Wales.
Gatland, 59-year-old stated that he is looking forward to returning to the Wales set-up. "This is an opportunity to achieve something with a talented group of players in a country so passionate about rugby. A country which made my family and I so welcome, when we first arrived 15-years so, and all the time we were there," Gatland said.
Meanwhile, departing Wayne Pivac admitted that he is extremely sad over the development stating that the results didn't come in his favour which led to his exclusion.
"Unfortunately, the results or performances this year were not all as we hoped. As a group, we all take responsibility for that, but me in particular as head coach. We have played some really good rugby at times but needed to do that more consistently. However, I know that there is a strong foundation for the squad to progress to great things in the future," Pivac was quoted as saying.