Hayward poised to join Wales set-up

Llanelli Star - - SPORT -

THE Scar­lets have con­firmed their de­fence coach By­ron Hayward will leave at the end of the sea­son.

Hayward is ex­pected to be an­nounced as part of Wayne Pi­vac’s new Wales back­room staff, where he will wok along­side Shaun Ed­wards as one of two de­fence gurus.

He would join Pi­vac and Scar­lets backs coach Stephen Jones in the Welsh set-up af­ter the 2019 World Cup when War­ren Gat­land steps down.

For­mer fly-half Hayward joined the re­gion’s coach­ing team in 2014 and played his part in the Guin­ness PRO12 ti­tle tri­umph in 2017 and reach­ing the PRO14 fi­nal and the semi-fi­nals of the Cham­pi­ons Cup last sea­son.

Scar­lets gen­eral man­ager of rugby Jon Daniels said: “By­ron has been a hugely re­spected mem­ber of our coach­ing team over the past five years.

“There was a lot said about our at­tack­ing game when we won the cham­pi­onship a cou­ple of years ago, but our de­fence was an in­te­gral part of that suc­cess.

“We wish him well in his next post.”

Mean­while, Will Boyde is among four play­ers to be leav­ing the Scar­lets at the end of the sea­son.

The tal­ented back-rower will be joined through the Parc y Scar­lets exit door by locks David Bul­bring and Tom Price and scrum-half De­clan Smith.

Boyde, 24, leaves af­ter five sea­sons with his home re­gion.

He was capped by Wales at un­der-20 level and made his Scar­lets de­but as a re­place­ment against Cardiff Blues in De­cem­ber 2014.

He was a mem­ber of the squad who clinched the Guin­ness PRO12 ti­tle in Dublin in 2017, but the pres­ence of Wales in­ter­na­tional James Davies and the emer­gence of Dan Davis has counted against him.

South African Bul­bring, who is in his fourth sea­son at Parc y Scar­lets, fig­ured off the bench in the ti­tle win over Mun­ster two years ago and played a key role in the march to the semi­fi­nals of the Eu­ro­pean Cham­pi­ons Cup last term.

For­mer Eng­land Un­der-20s in­ter­na­tional Price made his Scar­lets de­but in Au­gust 2015.

He has agreed a two-year deal with Ex­eter Chiefs.

Scrum-half Smith has played 12 matches in Scar­lets colours since mak­ing his de­but in a pre-sea­son en­counter against the Chiefs three years ago.

Daniels added: “The de­mands of pro­fes­sional rugby mean we have had to make some tough de­ci­sions.

“Un­for­tu­nately, we will be say­ing good­bye to play­ers who have been ex­cel­lent pro­fes­sion­als and val­ued mem­bers of our squad who have played their part in our suc­cess over re­cent sea­sons.

“In an ideal world we would have liked to have kept ev­ery­one here at Parc y Scar­lets, but that has not been pos­si­ble.

“When run­ning a busi­ness there are some dif­fi­cult de­ci­sions you would rather not make.

“We would like to wish Will, David, Tom and De­clan the best in their fu­ture rugby ca­reers and maybe we will see them back here at Parc y Scar­lets one day.”

Wayne Pi­vac, By­ron Hayward and Stephen Jones are pictured af­ter their fi­nal home game with the Scar­lets, the 42-0 vic­tory over Ze­bre.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.