Danny Wilson linked with Northampton role

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Reports have surfaced over the weekend linking current Cardiff Blues head coach Danny Wilson with a move to Aviva Premiership side Northampton Saints as a forwards coach.

The Rugby Paper reported that the 2014 English champions are considering an approach for the 40-year-old as they look to freshen up their coaching staff after a few seasons of mediocrity since that league triumph.

Wilson arrived at the Arms Park in the summer of 2015 as the head coach, although since then has also been responsible for the coaching of the forwards, and has taken on some Director of Rugby roles this season after the departure of general manager Billy Millard.

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Danny Wilson has been Cardiff Blues head coach for two years

 

Before linking up with the Cardiff Blues he coached Cardiff RFC and Wales U20, as well as taking up forwards coach roles at Newport Gwent Dragons, Scarlets and Bristol.

He is highly regarded within the game as a set piece expert, having revolutionised Scarlets lineout, scrum and maul during a two-year stay in Llanelli between 2012 and 2014.

In his time in the top job at the Arms Park he has completely re-structured the Cardiff Blues squad, letting around 28 players go in two seasons, and has brought a number of young players through to the Pro14 and onto the Wales squad.

The Welsh Rugby Union tried to call Wilson himself up to the national side setup for their summer tour to the Southern Hemisphere, however he turned it down to concentrate on Cardiff Blues business after taking on those extra responsibilities.

Northampton are already looking to strengthen their playing side for next season, having announced Ospreys and Wales fly-half Dan Biggar will be joining his international team-mate George North at Franklin’s Gardens.

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Dan Biggar is set to join Northampton next summer

 

It may be difficult for Cardiff Blues to turn down any offer for their head coach, who is contracted through to summer 2019, from the Saints, given the perilous financial position at the Arms Park.

However, whether Danny Wilson could be convinced to step back from a head coach job to an assistant’s role remains to be seen.

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