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Alun Wyn Jones Wales face uncertainty as their best ever coach Warren Gatland departs while core group of players grow older…but Wayne Pivac will be confident that the future is bright
- Welsh rugby fans will be fearful of what the future may hold with Gatland’s exit
- The New Zealander oversaw Welsh rugby’s most successful era at the helm
- The core players in the Wales side are entering the latter stages of their careers
- But Wayne Pivac will be confident in the talented youngsters coming through
By Will Kelleher For The Mail On Sunday
Is the future bright for Wales? There is enough to suggest there are two answers to that question after this World Cup.
First the negatives. Their best ever coach Warren Gatland is gone; 12 years at the helm, three Six Nations Grand Slams, one other championship and two World Cup semi-final appearances. That is all history now.
With him goes Robin McBryde and Shaun Edwards too – the forwards and defence coaches that have been with him all the way – as well as Rob Howley who left the tournament before the rugby began due to alleged breaches of betting offences.
Warren Gatland’s tenure as Wales coach is coming to an end after Wales’ most successful era
There is also a strong core of players now over the age of 30. Alun Wyn Jones is determined to carry on, at 34, but what of Ken Owens and Hadleigh Parkes – both 32 – Jonathan Davies, 31, Dan Biggar, Leigh Halfpen
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