Wayne Pivac accepts job scrutiny and says Wales ‘will play strongest side until Rugby World Cup’

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Last Updated: 19/05/22 12:22pm

Wales head coach Wayne Pivac accepts he is under scrutiny ahead of the tour to South Africa

Wayne Pivac accepts that he has a job “where everybody is watching your every move” as he looks for his Wales players to bounce back from a demoralising home defeat against Italy.
The Wales head coach’s next assignment could hardly be tougher – a three-Test series away from home against world champions South Africa in July, live on Sky Sports.Pivac has named a 33-man squad for the tour, including uncapped Leicester flanker Tommy Reffell and Cardiff No 8 James Ratti, with the Springboks looming barely three months after Wales’ Six Nations campaign ended in disarray. Italy’s 22-21 victory – their first in Cardiff – saw Wales fall from Six Nations winners last year to a fifth-place finish, and that after finishing fifth under Pivac in 2020 too.”We’ve had some robust discussions as a coaching group,” Pivac said.”We let the dust settle a bit because emotions were running pretty high right throughout the country, and rightly so, because that is a result that nobody is proud of.”The big thing is we had those robust discussions, we will learn as much as we can from the experience, and hopefully it makes us a better side moving forward. Pivac has overseen two fifth-placed Six Nations finishes in three years “Certainly, that is the attitude we are taking. Wh …