Wayne Pivac has admitted he would question his Wales side if he weren’t in charge as the manager hangs on to his job ahead of the last Autumn Test against Australia.
Wales have had a terrible year, losing to Georgia last week after a Six Nations game that ended in a home loss to Italy.
Three wins in 11 games have left Pivac on the sidelines and even a win over Australia might not be enough to save his job.
“Other people make these decisions… I can’t get distracted,” he said. “There is clearly a lot at stake. I’m under pressure every week and that’s self-imposed for the team to do well.”
But when Pivac was asked if he understood why people might think Wales hadn’t learned the lessons from the defeat to Italy, he said: “One hundred percent. If I were out there without any information about the results, I would be asking the same questions.”
The loss to Georgia led to calls for Pivac’s head. “It’s white noise, I don’t look at it,” said the coach. “I don’t see what that’s supposed to do. If I were out there I would be critical of some of the rugby games we play.
There were even doubts as to whether Wales are still playing for the manager.
“That’s a good question,” admitted Pivac. “We always pay attention to body language. If I felt like it would be a discussion, but the reaction from the players this week has been impeccable.’
Pivac will make his Wales debut for center Joe Hawkins against an exhausted Australia, whose manager Dave Rennie is also under pressure. Alun Wyn Jones is recalled, Leigh Halfpenny, Rio Dyer, Gareth Anscombe and Taulupe Faletau all return.