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Wasps Hold Talks With Young

Blues boss linked to director of rugby role at Adams Park

Posted Jun 29, 2011 by Chris White

Wasps need to improve on last season

Wasps directors have confirmed that they have held talks with Cardiff Blues boss Dai Young about becoming the club’s new Director of Rugby. If he gets the job, he would be the latest Welshman to join the club, with Shaun Edwards and Nicky Robinson both moving to Wasps this summer too.

The former Wales and British Lions prop was due to hold talks with Cardiff last week about the possibility of making the move to Adams Park for next season, in a move supported by former Wasps and England man Lawrence Dallaglio, who played alongside Young with the Lions.

Dallaglio told the BBC, “It’s a great move, he’s done fantastically well at Cardiff. He’s got a lot of experience and he was a great player for Wales and the Lions. He’s obviously got an appetite for being a coach because he nearly got the jobs at Harlequins and Leicester. I hope he comes in and does a good job at Wasps.”

Cardiff don’t want to release Young from his contract at the club, but understand that they cannot stand in his way if he wants to move on to a new challenge, which is a credit to the club because they could have just said no.

Moving to Wasps would be a good challenge for Young in my opinion. There are a number of good young players there and plenty of work to be done. Wasps finished ninth last season so Young will be coming in at a time where Wasps need a change of direction to get them back to the top of the Premiership and into Europe again.

Young lead Cardiff to the semi final of the Heineken Cup in 2009, where they lost to Leicester in a shoot out, and also guided the club to Anglo-Welsh Cup glory in the same season. He guided Cardiff to the Amlin Challenge Cup this year, beating Toulon 28-21 in the final and took charge of the Barbarians side that beat England and Wales.

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