WAYNE Pivac’s first game in charge of Wales will be a clash against a Barbarians side coached by former boss Warren Gatland.

The encounter at Principality Stadium on November 30 will be the second part of a double-header with Rowland Phillips’ women also taking on a star-studded Baa-Baas side.

Pivac, who will take over the Welsh reins following this year’s Rugby World Cup, will oversee his side for the first time in Cardiff and will be up against his predecessor.

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Gatland, who has been at the helm of Wales for the past 12 years will leave his role following the conclusion of Japan 2019 but will make an immediate return to the Welsh capital and the Principality Stadium for the clash.

“This is set to be a very special and hugely exciting double-header,” said Gatland, who will be confirmed as the Lions coach for the tour to South Africa next week.

“It will be an honour to coach the Barbarians, they symbolize the very best of rugby tradition and are an important part of the international game and I’m hugely looking forward to being part of the Baa-baas club.

“It goes without saying that this match has huge significance to me. Wales has been my home for the last 12 years and I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here.

“We have had some great success with Wales and we are currently in a hugely important year, culminating at the Rugby World Cup.

“To have the opportunity to return to Cardiff post RWC 2019 is fantastic and I’m really looking forward to coaching the Barbarians in what I believe is the best rugby stadium in the world and against the best fans in the world.”

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For Wales Women it will be a first outing against the Barbarians in what will be a showcase of Welsh rugby in Cardiff.

The Barbarians launched a women’s side back in 2017 and have had a heavy Welsh flavour in each team that has taken to the field since but this will be the first time Wales Women face the famous side in black and white hoops.

Alisha Butchers, Jasmine Joyce and Elinor Snowsill played in the side’s thrilling 34-33 win over USA in April, Joyce scoring four tries and Joyce and Snowsill were again in the starting XV for the 40-14 loss to England last weekend.

Former Wales Women captain Rachel Taylor will take over as Barbarians forwards coach for this match from another Welsh great in Liza Burgess.

Wales Women head coach Rowland Phillips said, “Playing the Barbarians for the first time in a double header at Principality Stadium is a huge statement of intent for women’s rugby in Wales.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity to showcase our game and shows how women’s rugby is moving forward.”