Former Cardiff Blues head coach Danny Wilson has made a shock switch away from signing for Wasps to joining the Scotland national team as a forwards coach ahead of the World Cup.
The ex-Bristol, Dragons and Scarlets coach had been due to link up with any former Cardiff Blues boss in Dai Young at Wasps, after leaving the Arms Park with a European Challenge Cup winners medal at the end of last season.
However, the Gallagher Premiership side have given Wilson their blessing to join the Scottish set-up, albeit with Young referring to the outcome as “a big disappointment”.
He went on to say “the timing could not be much worse. Finding someone of Danny’s quality and experience who is available at this time of year to supplement our existing coaching team is a difficult proposition.”
Wilson will now join Gregor Townsend’s coaching staff just over a year out from Japan 2019, with the current forwards coach Dan MacFarland set to take up the job of Ulster Rugby head coach in the new season.
Former Worcester head coach Carl Hogg has taken the role this summer, but Danny will take over in time for the November internationals to work with the likes of WP Nel, Jonny Gray and John Barclay.
Speaking to the Scottish Rugby Union’s official website, Wilson said, “to coach international rugby and go to a Rugby World Cup is obviously the pinnacle of the sport and the goal of most professional coaches, it was therefore a huge honour to be identified by Scotland and offered this role.
“This has obviously been a little unexpected and happened very quickly, so I’d like to thank Dai Young and Wasps for their consideration and understanding of this situation and wish them the very best of luck for the future.
“I think Scotland have made huge strides in recent years and play an exciting brand of rugby, with an ever-growing, quality player base. I’m really looking forward to working with and learning from Gregor and the rest of the staff and players in Scotland.”