Advertisement

  1. ITV Report

Wales rugby star Shane Williams predicts exciting era under new coach Wayne Pivac

Shane Williams says a blend 'Warrenball' and 'Pivacball' could bring something special. Credit: PA Images

Shane Williams has predicted an exciting era of Welsh rugby under Wayne Pivac's new reign.

The former Scarlets coach took over from Warren Gatland following the Rugby World Cup in Japan.

Wayne Pivac first game as Wales Head Coach will be against the Barbarians. Credit: PA Images

Gatland enjoyed a huge 12-year success as Wales won four Six Nations titles, three Grand Slams and reached two World Cup semi-finals during his tenure.

Wales and Lions star Shane Williams says this new era could bring something special to Welsh rugby. Credit: PA Images

Wales' all-time top try scorer, Shane Williams, believes Pivac will develop a more expansive style for the squad.

"Having spoken to Wayne I know he's going to put his own stamp on it," Williams said.

"He's got a lot of expectation on him and big boots to fill. But that's the personality he is.

"We've already seen that he's not frightened to make big decisions.

"He's going to blood new players and that's what we want to see in Wales."

Warren Gatland ended his 12-year reign at the Rugby World Cup. Credit: PA Images

Over the years Warren Gatland's style of play has faced criticism for being too structured and predictable.

Former Fiji coach Pivac has been lauded in Wales for the attacking approach he implemented at the Scarlets between 2014 and 2019.

"Let's hope there's a combination of both styles," said Williams.

"Warren's teams won Grand Slams, even if it wasn't pretty at times, so they've been doing something right.

"But they didn't win the World Cup so they're obviously lacking something, and I hope Wayne can fill that gap in between.

"If he can blend the two styles together - 'Warrenball' and 'Pivacball' - it could be something special.

"He's done a great job with the Scarlets, I like the style they've played with.

"They're very attacking-minded and that's what we want in Welsh rugby."