Wayne Pivac: Scarlets coach
Scarlets coach Wayne Pivac is a “excellent candidate” to succeed Warren Gatland as Wales boss in 2019, says ex-Grand Slam-winning coach Mike Ruddock.
Pivac has held casual talks with the Welsh Rugby Union about taking on from his fellow New Zealander, who will stand down after the following World Cup.
Ruddock stated Pivac has “undoubtedly put himself within the body”.
Pivac gained the 2016-17 Professional12 with Scarlets, who face Leinster in Saturday’s Champions Cup semi-final.
“He is bought to be proper up there. I have been very impressed in the best way he is gone about his enterprise,” stated Ruddock.
“Once I was Wales coach I went up towards him as Fiji coach and I believe a late drop-goal saved our blushes as a result of Wayne had the Fiji group very nicely ready.
“He is been across the block, he is aware of his stuff and he is finished an awesome job on the Scarlets.
“He is aware of Welsh rugby and he is aware of about making ready groups for worldwide rugby, so he is an excellent candidate.”
Repeat efficiency in Dublin?
Ruddock, who coached Wales from 2004-2006, stated Scarlets backs coach Stephen Jones and defence coach Byron Haywood additionally “deserve an excellent rap”.
Scarlets, who’ve reached the final 4 of the European Champions Cup for the primary time in 11 years, will journey to the Aviva Stadium to tackle Leinster on Saturday.
It will likely be a rematch of final 12 months’s Professional12 semi-final in Dublin, wherein Scarlets produced a superb performance to win 27-15.
Nevertheless Ruddock, who coached Leinster from 1997 to 2000, stated he could be “very stunned” if the Irish province had not discovered classes from that encounter.
“Achievement builds confidence and the Scarlets have achieved nice issues,” he stated.
“They’re a group full of worldwide high quality and can really feel in the event that they’ve gained in Eire as soon as earlier than they will do it once more.
“You may discuss it and practise it, however there may be sufficient high quality in that group and sufficient journey to make it very tough for any opposition. It may go both approach.”