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Wayne Pivac and the large choices going through Welsh rugby – ex-internationals have their say

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Wayne Pivac’s win ratio towards sides ranked within the prime 10 on the earth is lower than 30%

Within the wake of Wales’ sobering loss to Georgia on Saturday in Cardiff, there’s little shock some persons are calling for Wayne Pivac’s head to roll.

The top coach’s file this yr speaks for itself: simply three wins from 11 video games.

And with the 2023 Rugby World Cup simply 10 months away, does the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) persist with him?

Or might they flip again to his predecessor Warren Gatland – the self-dubbed Messiah – as a brief repair?

Rugby, as we all know, is a results-based enterprise, so allow us to begin by looking at Pivac’s Take a look at file since he took over after the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

It presently stands at 19 losses, 13 wins and one draw.

Pivac’s first Six Nations in 2020 noticed Wales end fifth, however with the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, the nation had greater points to fret about.

Wales weren’t significantly better within the autumn internationals which adopted, with the one victories in 2020 coming towards Italy and Georgia – the 2 groups that will go on to beat them in 2022.

Pivac may very well be forgiven for utilizing his first yr to blood new gamers and check out new combos, and all of it appeared to come back collectively in 2021 when Wales gained the Six Nations and got here agonizingly near a Grand Slam.

However Wales couldn’t construct on their success later that yr, as they didn’t beat Argentina at dwelling, had been as soon as once more outclassed by New Zealand then edged out by world champions South Africa.

So adopted the sorry protection of their Six Nations title this yr. Wales once more completed fifth, their marketing campaign summed up by the house defeat by Italy.

Pivac wanted an enormous summer time on the tour of South Africa, and he obtained some respite as Wales gained a Take a look at on South African soil for the primary time – though they misplaced the sequence.

And so to this autumn, the place Wales made extra historical past – this time undesirable – as they misplaced to Georgia, one of many darkest days in current reminiscence for Welsh rugby.

Pivac stated afterwards questions on his future had been for others to reply – notably WRU chief govt Steve Phillips and efficiency director Nigel Walker.

Time will inform if they’ve something to say. For the second, BBC Sport Wales has gauged the opinions of some former Wales internationals.

Former Wales internationals: Andrew Coombs, Adam Jones, Dafydd James and Emyr Lewis
Former Wales internationals Andrew Coombs, Adam Jones, Dafydd James and Emyr Lewis

Andrew Coombs (talking on the Scrum V podcast)

I believe he has underperformed as a coach. Three wins out of 11 shouldn’t be ok, to lose to Georgia and Italy at dwelling shouldn’t be ok.

For my part he has failed in his function and Wales have to shortly repair that and search for any individual else.

I believe it’s onerous to choose the fitting workforce when you have not picked the fitting squad.

Leaving out [prop] Rhys Carre might be an enormous one, he would have been excellent for Saturday’s sport [against Georgia]together with different gamers as properly.

Second row is a little bit of a problem. Adam Beard has performed a variety of rugby and there’s not lots to go together with him in the meanwhile.

No disrespect to Alun Wyn Jones, he has been the best participant Wales has probably ever had within the pack, however in the meanwhile it appears to me that his work-rate is to not Take a look at degree.

Adam Jones (talking on the Scrum V podcast)

The buck stops with him [Pivac] – he’s the pinnacle coach.

What we’ve obtained is a few actually good assistant coaches: Jonathan Humphreys is aware of his stuff; Stephen Jones has accomplished a terrific job with the Scarlets; Neil Jenkins has been there perpetually; Gethin Jenkins is fairly new to the function however he has obtained respect.

Have we gone to the darkish days when Mike Ruddock was there, when everybody was speaking about ‘has he misplaced the dressing room?’.

Has he obtained the worry issue that Gatland had? I do not know.

He’s the pinnacle coach and needs to be accountable for all of it.

You see it with soccer and managers get sacked, it is type of going that means in rugby now, the place you aren’t assured for 3 or four-year contracts.

Wales' backroom staff
Wales’ backroom employees Stephen Jones, Neil Jenkins, Gethin Jenkins and Jonathan Humphreys

Even when Wales finish their autumn sequence with victory over Australia on Saturday, it may very well be seen as papering over some very deep cracks in Welsh rugby, with the membership sport and the areas coming underneath the highlight as soon as extra.

Dafydd James (Talking on Radio Wales Breakfast)

You’ve got to keep it up. Even when a brand new coach is available in prepared for the Six Nations, they solely get two weeks actually to organize the workforce – what can a coach do in two weeks?

Pivac can solely do what he can do off the sphere. The gamers need to take possession and a duty.

No-one goes on the market to carry out badly however generally you might have an off day – however you do not assume that 23 persons are going to have an off day.

It will take a couple of years to get again on observe actually.

If we win towards Australia on the weekend it is all singing and dancing once more, however there are basic points inside the sport.

The usual of rugby in our regional degree… there’s speak about groups going into administration and so forth, so it’s not a great place to be in.

I believe it’s scary from a gamers’ and backroom employees’s viewpoint as properly, however it’s all fingers to the pump and it’s concerning the individuals on the prime making the proper choices and doing the fitting factor.

Emyr Lewis (Talking on Dros Frecwast)

Selections need to be made in any other case I believe we’re going to be seeing Welsh rugby taking place within the rankings for numerous years.

I believe this has been coming for a number of seasons and sadly, dare I say it, I’m going to place my neck out right here, I believe it’s coming dwelling to roost.

The basics are fallacious. Membership rugby is struggling. It’s fairly evident, some groups are actually struggling to place individuals on the sphere, services – the entire thing.

There actually must be an enormous shake-up.

Now we’re all Wales, however if you happen to have a look at the foundations, there’s nothing coming by way of beneath, and with out the foundations you will battle.

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