Outgoing Cardiff Blues head coach Danny Wilson might not be heading to Wasps after all, instead possibly taking up a post as Scotland forwards coach, according to rugby transfer rumour Twitter account @RugbyInsideLine.
After confirming his departure from the Arms Park back in September last year, Wilson was announced as Wasps forwards coach in December and was due to link up with the Coventry-based side when they reported for pre-season training this summer.
He would have joined up with another former Cardiff Blues boss in David Young, currently Director of Rugby at the Ricoh Arena, who looked after the forwards himself last year with the assistance of former England and Lions hooker Andy Titterrell.
There have been rumours of money problems at the big spending Gallagher Premiership side though, with reports suggesting that the club might struggle to repay a £35m bond scheme set up in 2015.
With Wilson no doubt attracting a decent wage for an assistant coach, and Titterrell still on the books, releasing the former Scarlets, Dragons, London Welsh and Cardiff RFC coach would be an option to reduce the size of the wage bill for next season.
Instead, Wilson could be set to join Gregor Townsend’s coaching staff with the Scottish National Team as they look for a new forwards coach a year out from the 2019 World Cup in Japan.
Incumbent forwards coach with the Scots, Dan McFarland, is due to take up the role as Ulster head coach after working a notice period with reports suggesting he will head to Northern Ireland in January next year.
However, allowing McFarland to move on early and get Danny Wilson in position before the Autumn Internationals would be of benefit to Scotland, maximising his time working with the squad before they head out to World Rugby’s showpiece event a year in September.
It could potentially be a loss to Welsh rugby, with many hoping that Dai Young and Wilson would return to the national team as a package deal some time down the line, but Scotland would be picking up a quality forwards coach in Danny to work with their developing squad.
This blog appears on the back of a rumour posted on Twitter by rugby transfer rumour account @RugbyInsideLine