Wayne Pivac enjoys early success as he guides Wales to Six Nations glory

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Wales have conquered European rugby for a second time in three seasons with their Guinness Six Nations title and Triple Crown triumphs.

It represents early success during his reign for head coach Wayne Pivac, who has overcome plenty of bumps in the road since taking over in November 2019.

Here, the PA news agency looks at Wales’ eventful journey and key moments along the way.

Were Wales expected to be in this position?

Pivac faced a difficult job after Gatland?

Wales Training Session – International Stadium
Former Wales head coach Warren Gatland (Adam Davy/PA)

How has Pivac managed to turn things around?

The New Zealander experimented in selection during Wales’ Autumn Nations Cup campaign and, while results were not great, Pivac blooded the likes of Louis Rees-Zammit, Callum Sheedy and James Botham at international level. Rees-Zammit and Sheedy, especially, have enjoyed memorable Six Nations campaigns, while Pivac also deserves enormous credit for two big calls – switching George North from wing, where the vast majority of his Test career had unfolded, to centre and appointing former Wales prop Gethin Jenkins as defence coach.

Have newcomers made an impact?

Italy v Wales – Guinness Six Nations – Stadio Olimpico
Willis Halaholo (centre) has been among Wales’ impressive newcomers this season (Marco Iacobucci/PA)

What is the big picture for Wales?

Six Nations title and Triple Crown successes are huge early achievements for Pivac, his coaching staff and players. Pivac, though, has regularly stressed that everything is geared towards the 2023 World Cup in France. The best part of 30 months out from rugby union’s global spectacular, there can be little doubt that Wales are firmly on the right track, with trophies in the cabinet, confidence high and momentum well and truly established. A scheduled summer tour of Argentina is next, when Pivac will undoubtedly look to further expand his playing crop, while the British and Irish Lions’ summer series against South Africa looks likely to feature several Wales stars.

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