Wales U20 Head Coach Jason Strange will join Cardiff Blues as backs and attack coach next season as John Mulvihill confirms his first official appointment to his backroom staff.
It was back in 2016 that Wales U20, containing eight young Cardiff Blues players, stormed to an U20 Six Nations Grand Slam, their first ever title in the competition.
Heading that up was former Ebbw Vale, Newport and Bristol fly-half Strange, who has been in post as Wales U20 head coach since leaving a coaching role at Eugene Cross Park in 2015.
After guiding Ebbw Vale back into the Welsh Premiership during his time there, he was poached by the Welsh Rugby Union to lead the highest level of National Age Grade Rugby.
Strange, 44, has subsequently earned plenty of plaudits during his time with the 20s due to their fast and expansive attacking game, and will take up the role as backs/attack coach at the Cardiff Blues in his first foray into professional club coaching.
Speaking to the Cardiff Blues official website, Strange said, “I have thoroughly enjoyed the last four years with Wales Under-20s. I have some great memories and it’s been a huge honour to watch players go on to earn senior professional contracts and full international honours.
“It’s been a great experience for me as a coach and now is the right time to take the next step. I have gained valuable experience with Ebbw Vale and Wales Under-20s and the natural progression is into the day-to-day professional environment with Cardiff Blues.
“It’s a very talented squad and the exciting thing is it hasn’t reached its peak, there’s still a lot of growth and I’m confident they can achieve great things both collectively and individually.
“I have worked with a lot of the boys previously and I’m really excited by the long-term vision the Cardiff Blues and John Mulvihill have set out.”
After appointing a coach who has worked with a large number of current Cardiff Blues players at Wales U20 level, Mulvihill was very upbeat about his new assistant coach.
“Jason Strange is an exciting addition to our coaching group, he possesses excellent rugby intellect and for many years has been involved in developing Welsh players of the future.
“He is an ambitious, detailed and driven coach who is excited about the opportunity but also aware of his responsibility to create a point of difference with our backline and team attack.
“Just like players, coaches also need the chance to fulfill their potential and I believe that Jason will do this successfully at the Cardiff Blues.
“Jason has history with many of our younger players. I look forward to assisting Jason building on these foundations, strengthening relationships and trust within the group and developing an aggressive attacking mindset that gives energy and excitement to our team and supporters.”