BLAINA’S Byron Hayward has been confirmed as part of Wales’ new-look coaching team along with former Lions captain Sam Warburton.

Former Wales Under-20 boss Hayward has been appointed defence coach while Warburton, who skippered his country more times than anyone else, has taken on the role of technical advisor breakdown/defence.

They complete Wayne Pivac’s management team after backs coach Stephen Jones and forwards coach Jonathan Humphries were appointed earlier this year, with Neil Jenkins continuing as skills coach.

Former Dragons academy coach Hayward joined the Scarlets as defence coach in 2014 and helped the west Walians to the Guinness PRO12 title in 2017.

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As technical advisor Warburton will bring his vast and recent international experience to the role and will work with the squad on a campaign to campaign basis, starting for the Barbarians fixture in a fortnight.

"I’m delighted to bring both Byron and Sam into the set-up and add to what is already a vastly experienced coaching team," said Pivac.

"Both individuals are highly respected, knowledgeable and experienced in their disciplines and will add a great deal to the environment.

"Byron has a great coaching CV with experience in England, the club game in Wales, the age-grade system and his five successful years with the Scarlets.

"Sam is one of the most experienced leaders in rugby with excellent knowledge and communication skills and having only recently retired he has a full grasp on the international game.

"We looked at the coaching structure and the roles of each coach and believed by adding a second defensive role into the team adds value, adds a point of difference and allows a specialist to work in the contact area and I believe Byron and Sam will compliment each other in the roles."

Hayward said: "I’m very proud and can’t wait to get stuck in and work with the cream of Welsh rugby. I appreciate the privileged position I’m in and I’m looking forward to getting going with the squad and building on the good work that has been done before.

“Wayne has put together a coaching team with a wealth of experience and knowledge and it will bring variety on and off the field and I’m excited about what lies ahead."

Warburton said: "I’m delighted to be part of the senior national coaching team. It is a genuine privilege to be considered for such a role and I can’t wait to do my upmost to contribute to help improve the team and players.

“With such a great group of players and management it is an amazing opportunity which I am very proud to be given"