Wayne Pivac backed by Welsh Rugby Union chief executive Steve Phillips to turn results around after guiding side to five straight defeats as he claims a ‘line has been drawn in the sand’
- Wayne Pivac has been defeated in five of his six Tests since taking over as coach
- Pivac led Wales to fifth in the Six Nations – their worst performance since 2007
- But Steve Phillips is hopeful that Wales coach Pivac can turn results around
- Wales will look to put recent displays behind them in the Autumn Nations Cup
Wales are keen to see the fruits of Wayne Pivac’s ‘long-term vision’ despite five consecutive defeats with new chief executive Steve Phillips hopeful the New Zealander can turn results around.
Pivac has lost five of his six Tests in charge since taking over from Warren Gatland and led Wales to fifth in the Six Nations – their worst performance since 2007.
But Welsh Rugby Union CEO Phillips said the national side will put that disappointment behind them in the upcoming Autumn Nations Cup.
Wayne Pivac has come under big pressure after guiding Wales to five consecutive defeats
While not yet under pressure for his job, with World Cup rankings already frozen, results are expected to turn soon.
‘Wayne Pivac is a man with a long-term vision and it’s one that will be shared throughout Welsh Rugby,’ said Phillips.
‘That vision is for our nation to succeed at the Rugby World Cup in 2023. This doesn’t mean there aren’t immediate short and medium-term goals and losing matches is never on the check list.
‘But, having already established a top four seeding at the 2023 tournament, some of the pressure on results necessarily abates.
‘During our recent regular meetings, Wayne has been open and honest in his assessment of performances on the pitch, but there has now been a “line drawn in the sand” in camp and the forthcoming Autumn Nations Cup provides new opportunity for both development and progress.
Wales finished a lowly fifth in the Six Nations after losing their final match against Scotland
Welsh Rugby Union CEO Steve Phillips is hopeful that Pivac can turn around the side’s fortunes
‘Performances may not have been as Wayne has wanted for his talented squad, nor indeed what he knows is achievable.
‘But there is nothing better after a setback than to be immediately presented with the opportunity to re-set and improve on what has gone before.
‘Against Ireland in a fortnight’s time, Wales will kick-off a new and exciting tournament, one in which players – some new and others becoming established – will gain immeasurably from the experience and where we will be striving for significant improvements in both performances and results.
‘We will need to create the momentum to ensure we realise our full potential and deliver during the 2021 Six Nations campaign in the New Year.’
Wales will be desperate to put recent displays behind them in the Autumn Nations Cup
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