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Biggar tips Pivac to prove a success with Wales

28th March 2020, 14:41 by Tom McGarry

Fly-half Dan Biggar is confident Wayne Pivac will prove a success as Wales coach despite what has been a difficult start to his tenure.

New Zealander Pivac was chosen as the man to succeed Warren Gatland as Wales coach after last year's World Cup and he had big shoes to fill given his compatriot had led the team to three Grand Slam successes in the Six Nations and two World Cup semi-finals during his 12 years in charge.

Pivac has not enjoyed the smoothest start to his tenure, with Wales winning just one of their opening four games of this year's Six Nations before the tournament was put on hold due to the coronavirus outbreak.

That sole victory came over perennial whipping boys Italy, but Northampton Saints star Biggar is confident that Pivac will come good and he feels there was always going to be a transitional period following the departure of Gatland.

"It was always going to be a massive challenge [for Pivac], coming in for Warren Gatland, with the success he had over the last eight to 10 years," Biggar was quoted as saying by Sky Sports.

"When you change something that has been in place for so long, it sometimes will take a little bit of time.

"I think that probably takes a couple campaigns to get used to everything and I'm sure come the Autumn Internationals if we can get back playing, I think you'll see us much stronger."

Wales are due to face Fiji, New Zealand, Argentina and world champions South Africa during this year's Autumn Internationals, with the Tests scheduled to take place in November.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom McGarry completed his sports journalist degree in 2011,and has since has become an integral part of the editorial and audio team. He is passionate about all things sport, particularly football, and is a lifelong supporter of his hometown club Carlisle United.

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