WARREN GATLAND has been reappointed as Wales boss after Wayne Pivac was sacked after a terrible run ahead of the World Cup.
Wales stuttered through autumn internationals, losing three of their four games.
That included a shock defeat to Georgia that raised questions about Pivac’s position.
The New Zealander has now been sacked less than a year before the World Cup after taking charge in 2019.
Gatland, who was in charge for 12 years from 2007, has now been reappointed, ending speculation he could replace Eddie Jones in England.
He was rugby director for New Zealand team The Chiefs.
Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) CEO Steve Phillips confirmed Gatland will take charge of the Autumn Nations and next year’s World Cup – and could even stay for the next World Cup in 2027.
The 59-year-old oversaw four Six Nations titles and three Grand Slam victories during his successful tenure.
Phillips paid tribute to Pivac in a statement but said the poor results compelled him.
He said: “This is one of the most difficult decisions in sport but the review process has been completed and we have acted quickly and efficiently in the best interests of our national team.
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“Ultimately we are in the results business and we have agreed with Wayne that the current path for Wales is not where we want it to be and we sincerely thank him for his time, enthusiasm, diligence and undeniable efforts as head coach in the last three years.”
Gatland said he is looking forward to next year’s tournaments as he bids to get Wales back on track.
He said: “This is an opportunity to make something happen with a talented group of players in a country that is so passionate about rugby. A country that has been so welcoming to my family and I when we first arrived fifteen years ago and the whole time we have been there.
“Our immediate priority is of course the Guinness Six Nations 2023 and the Rugby World Cup next year.
“There is little time for feelings, professional sport is all about preparation, values and results. As always with a change of head coach, there will be new challenges, but for me, the environment, the players and their families always come first.”
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