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Wales to face Gatland's Barbarians in Pivac's first game in charge

Gatland will make a swift return to Cardiff to take on his former side this November.

Gatland and Pivac at today's announcement in Cardiff.
Gatland and Pivac at today's announcement in Cardiff.
Image: WRU

WAYNE PIVAC’S FIRST match in charge of Wales will see him take on predecessor Warren Gatland and the Barbarians in November.

Pivac will replace Gatland in charge of the Six Nations Grand Slam champions following this year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan.

But Gatland, who has led Wales for 12 years, will soon return to Cardiff as the Baa-Baas coach, adding an intriguing narrative to Pivac’s debut match.

Pivac said: “The Barbarians are a special side and it will be a great way to start my Wales career facing the Baa-Baas and, of course, Warren.

“Wales have an important five months ahead of them with the Rugby World Cup on the horizon but, post that tournament, I’m looking forward to kicking off my tenure with Wales, at home in Cardiff, in what will be a really special game.”

The fixture will be part of a double-header with the respective women’s teams also facing off.

The Barbarians lost 51-43 to an England XI in Sunday’s Quilter Cup clash at Twickenham.

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