Guinness PRO12: Wayne Pivac succeeds Simon Easterby as Llanelli Scarlets head coach
Last Updated: 13/08/14 1:24pm
Scarlets have confirmed New Zealander Wayne Pivac will take the head coach reins from Simon Easterby as he leaves to pursue international ambitions.
The Llanelli-based region revealed Pivac will take over the reins for the coming campaign following the announcement Easterby would be joining Joe Schmidt’s Ireland coaching staff.
Easterby will join the Irish squad in October as forwards coach but will remain at Parc y Scarlets until then, though, Pivac will take the lead role.
Former Fiji director of rugby Pivac was initially appointed as forwards coach but has now been promoted to the helm and becomes Scarlets’ first southern hemisphere head coach.
"Joining the Scarlets was an exciting challenge for me,” Pivac told the club’s official website.
Knowing the Scarlets has a proud history, like the Union I've come from, was important to me and coming to an area where they live and breathe rugby like home.
“I am honoured that the Scarlets have the faith and belief in me to take the squad forward and build on the good work and solid foundations that Simon and his team have put in place.
"The supporters here are probably no different to back in New Zealand. They're very passionate and love their rugby and really want the team to do well.
“I'm looking forward to hopefully giving them something to cheer about this season.”
Pivac boasts an impressive record having won three provincial titles during his time at Auckland and was named New Zealand Rugby Union’s coach of the year in 2003.
"There were two factors why I chose Scarlets, the fact that Simon Easterby jumped on a plane and came to New Zealand rather than a lot of talks going on for a long period of time.
“As a young boy growing up listening to the All Blacks play Llanelli in 1972 on the radio back home, I've never forgotten that moment.
“Knowing the Scarlets has a proud history, like the Union I've come from, was important to me and coming to an area where they live and breathe rugby like home."
You can see Scarlets' opening game of the 2014-15 Guinness PRO12 campaign against Ulster live on Sky Sports on September 6