Pen­ney re­jects a move to Scar­lets

Wales On Sunday - - SPORT -

THE Scar­lets’ hopes of mak­ing Rob Pen­ney their next head coach are over – and the Llanelli-based re­gion are now look­ing at Mel­bourne Rebels boss David Wes­sels.

For­mer Mun­ster coach Pen­ney had agreed terms on suc­ceed­ing Wayne Pi­vac at Parc y Scar­lets, but the 54-year-old is now set to stay with cur­rent side NTT Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Shin­ning Arcs.

WalesOn­line un­der­stands Pen­ney’s wife had a last-minute change of heart on a move to Llanelli and wanted to stay in Ja­pan where her hus­band coaches.

It’s left the Scar­lets to look at other op­tions from their three-man short­list and South African Wes­sels – who was in­ter­viewed for the job three weeks ago – is now back in the frame.

Wes­sels is thought to face com­pe­ti­tion from one other can­di­date for the Scar­lets job, but it is also un­der­stood an an­nounce­ment on who will take over from Pi­vac is im­mi­nent. The Scar­lets play­ers will be told the iden­tity of their new head coach this week.

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