Pivac’s sacking was announced by the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) on Monday following a toll of a disastrous Autumn Nations Series campaign, with Gatland immediately returning to the role he previously held between 2008 and 2019 unless one year of the 2023 World Cup. in France.
Gatland had been linked as a possible candidate to take over as England manager should the Rugby Football Union (RFU) decide to do without the services of Eddie Jones this week after their own review of a disappointing autumn and the worst calendar year of results since 2008.
Wales have lost three of their four autumn Tests in Cardiff this year to New Zealand, Australia and Georgia, with just one win coming against Argentina.
Despite picking up a first-ever Test victory in South Africa in the summer, they lost that series 2-1 to the Springboks after also enduring a terrible Six Nations, finishing fifth after losing four of their five games, including at home against Italy.
Former Scarlets manager Pivac – who replaced fellow New Zealander Gatland after the 2019 World Cup in Japan – comes away with a record 13 wins, one draw and 20 losses during his three-and-a-half years at the lead, with Wales looking for a vital lift ahead of the upcoming Six Nations and the World Cup.
Inconsistency has plagued much of his tenure, although he has drawn blood through several impressive new caps and won the 2021 Six Nations title.