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Kiwi coaches in frame for Wales

Three Kiwi coaches are believed to be shortlisted to succeed Warren Gatland to be the next Wales coach after the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

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The list includes former Chiefs and Glasgow coach Dave Rennie, former Auckland coach Wayne Pivac and Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd as possibilities.

Rennie responded to the claims but indicated he has not been involved in any discussions and is surprised to be linked to the Wales job.

“There will be plenty of guys keen to take over after Gats, so I am sure that will play out over the next year or so,” he told Wales Online.

“I keep saying I’m a young coach but I’m not getting any younger.

“When I came over here I was pretty keen to be involved in the week-to-week stuff, because you get a chance to work with a lot of players with regards development and so on.”

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Turlough 5 hours ago
Jean de Villiers' three word response to 'best in the world' debate

This ‘raging’ debate is only happenning in media circles and has never been a topic in Ireland (although SA media are interested). It makes the media companies money I guess. SA are RWC champions and #1 ranked team although Ireland are back within a point there. The facts point to SA. For a lot of 2021 France beat ALL their rivals and Ireland similar in 2022-2023. It is not wrong to say that on such form either can be deemed to be the current best team if they have beaten all their rivals and ranked #1. The ‘have to have won a world cup’ stipulation is nonsense. The world cup draw and scheduling has been tailored to the traditional big teams since the start. The scheduling also which sees the big teams sheltered from playing a hard pool match the week before has also been a constant. It is extraordinary that for example France have made so many finals. Ireland who were realistically only contenders in 2023 were in a Pool with two other top 5 teams and had to play one of them 7 days before a quarter final against France or New Zealand. Always going to be a coin toss. Scotland’s situation was worse. New Zealand had great chances in 1995, 1999, 2007 but they could not win a tight RWC match. The first tight match they ever won was versus France in the 2011 final, literally they lost every other tight match before that. Some of those NZ teams around that era were #1 surely?

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