Brad Mooar set to replace Wayne Pivac as Scarlets head coach next season

Wayne Pivac will take over the head coach role of Wales post 2019 World Cup
Wayne Pivac will take over the head coach role of Wales post 2019 World Cup

Scarlets have confirmed that Brad Mooar will succeed Wayne Pivac as the new head coach of the club from the 2019/20 season.

Pivac, who has been in charge of the Llanelli based club since 2014 will replace Warren Gatland as the head coach of Wales post 2019 World Cup.

Meanwhile, Mooar began his coaching career with the Christchurch Rugby Club Colts team in 2007 and progressed to become assistant coach of Canterbury Colts in 2011. After successful stints with South Africa's Eastern Province Kings and Southern Kings, Mooar joined Super Rugby side Crusaders as assistant coach where he guided them to two title wins in last three seasons.

"The opportunity to take on the role of head coach at the Scarlets is simply too good to pass up and is both an exciting challenge for myself, and a fantastic opportunity for my family to experience life on the other side of the world," Mooar said.

"The Scarlets is a rugby brand that's known the world over, it is a winning club with an extremely proud history, passionate fans, and is aspirational in its goals.

"It is humbling to be offered the opportunity to take the reins after the great work Wayne Pivac has led, as he moves on to the Wales job.

"In addition to Scarlets' on-field rugby pedigree, with a strong squad of talented and largely homegrown players, the club represents its wider community with great pride and dedication."

Scarlets General Manager of Rugby Jon Daniels believes Mooar has all the right credentials to take in charge of the Welsh regional side.

"We pride ourselves in appointing players and coaches that not only perform on the rugby field but also contribute to the ethos and environment of the club and our wider community. Brad's rugby philosophy, leadership style and personality are everything we were looking for in a head coach.

"Brad has been assistant coach with the Crusaders over the last three seasons helping the side to two consecutive Super Rugby titles. Brad has a great understanding of what is required for success and how to build a winning culture.

"Throughout the process we have been hugely impressed with Brad's appreciation of Scarlets' place in the community, his passion for developing players and the research he had done on our heritage."