Warren Gatland has been re-appointed as Wales head coach after Wayne Pivac was sacked by the Welsh Rugby Union.

Recently Wales lost to Italy in the Six Nations and finishing the tournament in fifth place, not only that but under Pivac they lost to Georgia in the Autumn international series.

After weeks of speculation on his position it has now been confirmed by the WRU that Pivac is sacked.

Pivac agreed to part company with the Welsh Union after a poor string of recent results. 

Warren Gatland will return to Wales until the 2027 Rugby World Cup in Australia.

In a statement for the WRU Steve Phillips, CEO of Welsh Rugby Union said: “This is one of the toughest calls to make in sport, but the review process has reached its conclusion and we have acted quickly and efficiently in the very best interests of our national team.

“Ultimately we are in the results business, and we have agreed with Wayne that the current trajectory for Wales is not where we want it to be and we thank him sincerely for his time, enthusiasm, diligence and effort, which is unquestioned, as head coach over the last three years.”

After previously serving Wales as head coach for 12 years, Gatland leaves Super Rugby side the Chiefs to return to his position as Wales head coach.

Phillips added: “In Warren we are bringing in one of the very best coaches in the international game. We were sorry to see him go when he left and we are delighted that he has agreed to return.

“We know him well and, most importantly, he knows us well too. We are extremely excited about this latest chapter for Wales-and-Warren-Gatland and I know the feeling is mutual.

“He will undoubtedly be able to make an immediate impact, just as he did when he joined us for the first time in 2008. But it has also been important to both parties to ensure we get absolute maximum gain out of the return of such an experienced and highly regarded individual.

“It is for this reason that we are particularly pleased to have been able to secure Warren’s services for the next few years with the ability to go to the 2027 Rugby World Cup. This appointment is no quick fix, nor sticking plaster, it is part of our long term planning for the game in Wales.

“We have been able to take swift action in difficult circumstances and that is testament to the good grace and professionalism of Wayne and the efficiency of our review process.”