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Wayne Pivac knows he ‘can’t get sidetracked’ by talk over his Wales future

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Wayne Pivac says he cannot allow himself to be sidetracked by speculation surrounding his future as Wales head coach.Pivac goes into Saturday’s Autumn Nations Series finale against Australia at the Principality Stadium under huge pressure.It follows an embarrassing 13-12 home defeat against Georgia last weekend, which came just eight months after Wales lost to annual Six Nations strugglers Italy in Cardiff.Wales have lost 19 of their 33 Tests since Pivac succeeded his fellow New Zealander Warren Gatland after the World Cup.Whether Welsh Rugby Union chiefs decide on a change of head coach just 10 months out from the next global showcase remains to be seen, but there can be little doubt that Pivac’s job is now on the line.“Other people make those decisions,” Pivac said. “What we do internally is make sure we prepare the best we can.“I can’t get sidetracked by those sort of things.

At the end of the day, it is the professional environment we are in. We are here rolling our sleeves up this week to try and get the result everyone wants“We know there is a lot at stake, clearly.

We are here rolling our sleeves up this week to try and get the result everyone wants.”Asked if there had been contact with his WRU bosses, Pivac added: “Just the usual.

We have weekly contact in every camp, and this week has been no different.“It’s just the standard, focusing on the here and now.

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