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Pivac relishing planned Wales tour to New Zealand

Wayne Pivac says a tour to New Zealand is “on the horizon” for his first year in charge of Wales.

Scarlets chief Pivac will take over from current Wales coach Warren Gatland after the 2019 Rugby World Cup and his first major assignment will be the following year’s Six Nations.

But the Kiwi could be back on home soil soon after, with the Welsh Rugby Union said to be planning a series against the All Blacks.

“That would be fantastic if it was to come to fruition,” said Pivac. “It would be a proud moment for me.

“I have heard it’s on the horizon but when it’s confirmed, it’s confirmed.

“It would be a Six Nations followed by three matches against the All Blacks.

“What better way early on to test yourself against one of the best teams, if not the best, in the world?

“That would be a big challenge but one I’m sure everyone would look forward to.”

It was also confirmed on Thursday that Scarlets duo Rhys Patchell (hamstring) and Jake Ball (shoulder) could be out for up to six weeks, making them doubts for the start of the Six Nations.

Leigh Halfpenny, meanwhile, is in contention to face Cardiff Blues this weekend having not played since suffering concussion in Wales’ win against Australia on November 10.

“Leigh trained today [Thursday] and we will see how he goes between today’s session and the captain’s run for tomorrow,” said Pivac.

“So he has a chance, but we will not risk him if he is not cleared for the weekend.” News wire is powered by opta

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