Wales coach Wayne Pivac insists he is focused on winning the 2023 Rugby World Cup and says he made the call to axe defence coach Byron Hayward
- Wayne Pivac says there has been ‘no conversation’ about his role as Wales boss
- Defence coach Byron Hayward departed and Pivac said the call was his decision
- Wales have earned just one Test win since former coach Warren Gatland exited
- Pivac has admitted that he wishes Shaun Edwards had not left Wales for France
Wayne Pivac is not worried he might be the next Welsh coach to go after the departure of assistant Byron Hayward.
The New Zealander has lost five of six Tests since taking over from Warren Gatland and said he decided to remove his defence coach five days before the game against Ireland in the Autumn Nations Cup.
But while feeling the heat himself he expects to be given time.
Wales coach Wayne Pivac is enduring pressure after leading his side to five successive defeats
Hayward departed from his role as Wales defence coach just days before the Autumn Nations
‘It’s about building a side capable of winning a World Cup in 2023,’ he said.
‘We know we’re not entirely happy with the results so the pressure comes on because we’re humans, very competitive people, and we like to win.
‘But there has been no conversation around my future or the future of any of the coaches depending on these results.
‘The acid test will be the Six Nations.
Pivac says he axed Hayward and wished former defence specialist Shaun Edwards had stayed
‘Byron and I sat down and discussed, and it was a decision that I took. We felt that we weren’t getting what we wanted from our defence.’
Pivac regrets former defence guru Shaun Edwards leaving Wales for France.
‘We were very keen to keep Shaun,’ he added. ‘We thought we had him, but at the last minute we weren’t successful.
‘I don’t think there was anything else we could have done.’
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