In the run-up to the Autumn Nations Cup debut, Byron Hayward has been fired by the Welsh union from his position as defense coach for the Red Dragons. The former head coach of the Welsh M20 youth team and Scarlets, had joined the staff of the senior team headed by Wayne Pivac in 2019.
On the other hand, the WRU has said in a statement that the “existing experienced coaching team” will lead the defense for the next engagement.
“I would like to thank Byron for all his hard work with Wales and his honesty in the last few meetings. I have worked alongside him for six and a half years, he is a dedicated coach who has been very successful in his career. Reflecting the last season, it was mutually agreed that the best way forward for Wales and Byron is for him to step down from his post, “said Wayne Pivac.
In addition, the Wales head coach added: “In the short term, for the next four games, the existing technical team will manage the defense on the basis of the established bases. Then we will look to replace Byron full time with an announcement in due course. “
For his part, Hayward said: “I have really enjoyed my time with Wales and it was an honor to coach my country. As I’ve always said from day one, the team comes first and after reflecting on the last season with Wayne we felt it was best for me to step aside. “