The Welsh Rugby Union are currently on the lookout for a new head coach to take over from Warren Gatland at the end of the 2019 World Cup.
It’s been known for a while now that the WRU are actively seeking Gatland’s replacement and they would like to confirm their man as soon as possible. In fact, Wales chief executive, Martyn Phillips has said that they would like to announce Gatland’s successor next summer, over a year before the 2019 World Cup takes place in Japan.
“We are targeting the summer to make the appointment,” said the WRU chief executive, Martyn Phillips, to The Guardian. “We have drawn up a shortlist and we have had conversations with one or two others and will be staying in touch with them. The game tends to work in cycles between World Cups, which means people will be available in the summer of 2019. If I was the new coach, I would want to sit down with Warren and find out what things are like.”
The report in The Guardian understands that the shortlist has been whittled down to three names and that they all hail from New Zealand. The three potential candidates are Scarlets head coach Wayne Pivac, Hurricanes head coach Chris Boyd and Glasgow’s head coach Dave Rennie.
International experience is not something which is necessarily required but a coach with a winning pedigree, who can make tough selection decisions and who can work with the Welsh regions are the criteria which must be fulfilled for whoever will be selected.
Now that the list has been shortened to three names, Gatland will now come on board to offer his opinion on who should be chosen.