First away win

Irish Examiner - Sport - - RUGBY -

For­mer Mun­ster boss Rob Pen­ney looks poised for a re­turn to the Guin­ness PRO14 af­ter he emerged as the strong favourite to suc­ceed Wayne Pi­vac as Scar­lets head coach.

The 54-year-old New Zealan­der spent two years in charge of Mun­ster and was named coach of the sea­son for his work at Thomond Park in what was then the Guin­ness PRO12 in 2014.

Since then, he has been work­ing at Ja­panese side NTT Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Shin­ing Arcs.

Pi­vac will leave the Scar­lets to take over as Wales boss from War­ren Gat­land af­ter the 2019 World Cup and cur­rent Scar­lets backs coach Stephen Jones will fol­low him into the in­ter­na­tional set-up. It’s left the Scar­lets hi­er­ar­chy to look for re­place­ments, with New Zealand the pri­mary area of fo­cus. Scar­lets GM Jon Daniels has con­firmed the Llanelli-based out­fit have a strong short­list of up to six coach­ing can­di­dates. It is un­der­stood Pen­ney is at the top of that list and a fi­nal de­ci­sion will be made over the next fort­night.

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