Brad Mooar hoping for Wales reunion

Departing Scarlets head coach Brad Mooar said that it would be “huge” should New Zealand’s first Test of the year be against Wales.

Brad Mooar hoping for Wales reunion

Brad Mooar hoping for Wales reunion

Mooar will leave the region after under a year in charge having agreed to take up a position with Ian Foster’s All Blacks.

The 45-year-old will be the national team’s new attack coach and was set to be in place for the July Tests, but those games have been delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

They were due to take on the Welsh in the mid-year matches, while the World Cup semi-finalists are also supposed to clash in November and Mooar is excited about potentially facing the Six Nations outfit.

“It would be huge to face Wales first up,” he told the BBC. “It is pretty fluid and hopefully we will have some Test matches. Ideally the world can open up again at some point and we can be back over here.

“It would be awesome and a huge privilege to be playing against Wales at the Principality, against some old mates, and it would be a hell of a game with two very good sides.”

New Zealand will be the first country to see the return of rugby after they announced a new competition called Super Rugby Aotearoa.

It sees their five franchises go head-to-head in a mini-series starting on June 13 and Mooar is looking forward to getting back to work.

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“It is still surreal and about to get really real,” he said. “I think it will hit home more once we get back to New Zealand and there will be some rugby to watch.

“It is a huge privilege and very humbling. You don’t chase that role, you just chip away and if an opportunity comes to you, then you look at it.

“Ian Foster has been outstanding, the coaching and management group are excellent and there are some exciting players. It will be good to get back on the grass at some point with the whistle in hand.”

The former Crusaders assistant coach has been replaced as the Scarlets’ head honcho by Glenn Delaney, who has been acting as the Llanelli outfit’s defence guru in 2019/20.

Although Delaney was initially set to take over at the end of June, Mooar believes that it made sense to bring that forward.

“Once we had more clarity that any re-assembling would be pushed back, it became clear it was going to be under next year’s group,” he added.

“Contracts generally end in June and start in July and we just moved on that.

“It was the right thing and having Glenn here has been excellent. He is a top man and has been critical in what we have done in the past few months.

“He has been an outstanding lieutenant and is excited about stepping up. He is detailed and highly intelligent and will lead very well, so the continuity will be clear.”

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