The Welsh Rugby Union have confirmed that former captain Sam Warburton will join Wayne Pivac’s background team ahead of the 2020 Six Nations.
The former flanker retired in the summer of 2018, a year after leading the British and Irish Lions to a series draw against the All Blacks.
Warburton’s role will be a technical advisor for the breakdown/defence.
Former Scarlets assistant coach Byron Hayward will come in as Wales’ defence coach, a role he held previously with the Llanelli region.
Hayward and Warburton will be a part of a six-man coaching staff which includes head coach Pivac alongside Stephen Jones, Jonathan Humphreys and Neil Jenkins.
“I’m delighted to bring both Byron and Sam into the set-up and add to what is already a vastly experienced coaching team,” said Pivac.
“Both individuals are highly respected, knowledgeable and experienced in their disciplines and will add a great deal to the environment. Byron has a great coaching CV with experience in England, the club game in Wales, the age-grade system and his five successful years with the Scarlets.
“Sam is one of the most experienced leaders in rugby with excellent knowledge and communication skills and having only recently retired he has a full grasp on the international game. We looked at the coaching structure and the roles of each coach and believed by adding a second defensive role into the team adds value, adds a point of difference and allows a specialist to work in the contact area and I believe Byron and Sam will compliment each other in the roles.”
Warburton said: “I’m delighted to be part of the senior national coaching team. It is a genuine privilege to be considered for such a role and I can’t wait to do my upmost to contribute to help improve the team and players. With such a great group of players and management it is an amazing opportunity which I am very proud to be given”