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Mooar appointed as Llanelli Scarlets coach

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Monday, December 3, 2018    Getty Images

Pivac has been named Warren Gatland's successor as coach of Wales after next year's Rugby World Cup in Japan.

Mooar began his coaching career with the Christchurch Rugby Club's colts team in 2007 before coaching the club's premier side. He was assistant coach of the Canterbury Colts in 2011 before moving to South Africa in 2012 to coach the Eastern Province Kings winning the Currie Cup Division One title. He was then appointed assistant coach to the Southern Kings Super Rugby side.

Returning to New Zealand he was head coach and director of rugby for Rugby Southland before returning to Christchurch as assistant coach of the Crusaders in 2016. Sharing in the side's 2017 and 2018 Super Rugby successes he was also appointed head coach of the 2018 New Zealand Secondary Schools' team.

Mooar said, "It's never an easy decision to step away from an environment that means so much to you and, come the end of the Super Rugby season, the moment will no doubt be bittersweet.

"However, the opportunity to take on the role of head coach at the Scarlets is simply too good to pass up and is both an exciting challenge for myself, and a fantastic opportunity for my family to experience life on the other side of the world.

"Scarlets is a winning club with an extremely proud history, passionate fans, and is aspirational in its goals. It is humbling to be offered the opportunity to take the reins after the great work Wayne Pivac has led, as he moves on to the Wales job," he said.

Mooar said he was proud of what the Crusaders had achieved and was focused, and looking forward to one final campaign with the coaching team.

Crusaders coach Scott Robertson congratulated Mooar on his appointment.

"Brad is such an important part of the Crusaders leadership team – he's intelligent, insightful and is hugely respected by the playing group and management alike.

"While we'll miss him, this is an amazing opportunity for Brad to step in to the top job as a head coach, and his Crusaders family will have plenty of motivation to send him out on the best possible note at the end of this season," he said.

New Zealand Rugby's head of professional rugby Chris Lendrum said Mooar had balanced the demands of a successful Super Rugby coaching role with some phenomenal work within the Barbarians and New Zealand Secondary Schools' programmes in recent years.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for Brad to add to his coaching skillset abroad, and build on the strong leadership qualities he has displayed during his time with both the Crusaders and New Zealand Rugby," he said.