Warren Gatland is back at the helm of the Welsh national side, with the WRU cutting their losses with Wayne Pivac, who they have decided will not bring them glory at the 2023 World Cup.
The move is wholly understandable, with Warren Gatland definitely near the top of any list of coaches who can whip a squad into shape in a short amount of time.
The Welsh reaction on Twitter is mostly positive, with many fans having grown exhausted with the poor results and poor rugby under Pivac.
Some, however, have criticised the move and believe that it is just a short-term fix, when the real problem which needs to be addressed is the sorry state of Welsh professional club rugby.
The English reaction is also intriguing. They are wondering whether the move will have any influence on Eddie Jones' position as England head coach.
With Jones under threat of being sacked, and Gatland recently rumoured to be in line to take over, is Jones' position more secure?
Or, will the RFU take inspiration from Wales and also cut their losses, and now bring in Steve Borthwick or someone of his ilk?
It has also been reported, in the Sydney Morning Herald, that Eddie Jones will indeed be sacked by the RFU.
Warren Gatland Is Back With Wales
The year is 3003. After a disastrous Six Nations under player-coach Alun Wyn Jones, the WRU successfully upload Warren Gatland’s consciousness to a kettle in the Vale of Glamorgan, which is instantly named the new head coach. https://t.co/jNuRoxCzNT
— Squidge Rugby (@SquidgeRugby) December 5, 2022
Genuinely can't think of a better coach to spin things around in under 10 months.
Gatland is the right call.
— Paul Williams (@thepaulwilliams) December 5, 2022
Make no mistake, the task facing Warren Gatland as he takes over as Wales coach is much tougher than first time around.
Also make no mistake, he woundn't have taken it on if he didn't think he could make a difference.
Intriguing times ahead. 🏉🏴
— Phil Steele (@philsteele1) December 5, 2022
Quite good to see on the socials the only ones happy with Gatland are the Team Wales types. Majority can see how short sighted and ridiculous it is. A 5 year multi million pound contract offered to a coach before any of the 4 pro clubs know if they can retain players. Scandalous
— Ricky Harries (@RickyHarries) December 5, 2022
Warren Gatland to Wales has to influence how the RFU handles its own review, given Ronan O’Gara is out of the running and Scott Robertson is contracted to NZRU.
Mainstream options seem to be: retain Eddie Jones, appoint Steve Borthwick immediately or promote Richard Cockerill.
— Alex Lowe (@AlexMLowe) December 5, 2022
Warren Gatland in for Wayne Pivac is the talk of the town.
Wonder if that will influence England's decision about Eddie Jones at all.
— Jared Wright (@jaredwright17) December 5, 2022
Following his sacking, Wayne Pivac released a statement where he expressed is disappointment but also thanked the WRU.
"Unfortunately, the results or performances this year were not all as we hoped. As a group we all take responsibility for that, but me in particular as head coach," said Pivac.
"We have played some really good rugby at times, but needed to do that more consistently. However, I know that there is a strong foundation for the squad to progress to great things in the future.
"I would like to thank the players, coaches, management and the WRU for their commitment, support and hard work in my time as head coach and to all the people in Wales for making me feel at home here over the past eight years."