Kiwi Wayne Pivac 'very seriously' considering Wales coaching role

Kiwi Wayne Pivac says he'd consider replacing compatriot Warren Gatland after the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

Now in charge of Scarlets, former Auckland coach Pivac is one of three high profile New Zealanders linked with replacing Gatland after the 2019 tournament in Japan.

Speaking to the BBC, Pivac said that he'd have no choice but to consider taking charge of Wales, with international rugby his aspiration as a coach.

"I would certainly look at that very seriously because I consider myself now to be part of Welsh rugby," Pivac said.

"I was part of preparing Fiji for the World Cup in 2007. I had three years out there and loved every minute of it.

"It (international rugby) would be nice again one day, but it's all about timing. I'm still learning as a coach."

Pivac, along with former Chiefs coach Dave Rennie and current Hurricanes boss Chris Boyd, were part of a three-man shortlist drawn up last month to succeed Gatland after 2019.

Auckland's Head Coach Wayne Pivac. ITM Cup rugby union match, Auckland v Waikato at Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand. Saturday 8th September 2012. Photo: Anthony Au-Yeung /
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