Alun Wyn Davies leaves Cardiff Uni Director of Rugby role

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Cardiff University RFC have announced the departure of Director of Rugby Alun Wyn Davies after three successful years at the helm in the capital.

The 34-year-old has been involved at Cardiff for three years now, after a playing career that took him around Wales with Neath, Llandovery, Swansea and Newport, and as far as the midlands with Birmingham & Solihull and Coventry, as well as winning Wales U21 honours.

Davies, who has previously been in charge of the Wales Women’s team, was scrum and forwards coach for three years under Louie Tonkin before taking over as Director of Rugby in the summer of 2016.

In his first season in charge he led the 1sts to second in the BUCS Premier Division South, before winning the league in 2017/18, overcoming Premier Division North champions Newcastle in a two-legged play-off to win a spot in the BUCS Super Rugby competition.

A rocky start left Cardiff Uni bottom at Christmas, but six victories from their last nine games propelled them up the table to such an extent they even earned a spot in the quarter-finals, only going down 34-31 in the last minute away at table-topping Exeter.

Ioan Davies Cardiff Uni
Cardiff Blues Academy’s Ioan Davies scores for Cardiff Uni against Cardiff Met

During the three years Davies also boasts the record of being unbeaten in Welsh Varsity matches as Director of Rugby, a record breaking run in the annual match against Swansea University.

In a statement on social media the CURFC Committee said, “It is with regret that we must announce Alun Wyn Davies will be stepping down as Director of Rugby at Cardiff University Rugby Club.

“Alun has dedicated an overwhelming amount of his time to developing the rugby programme here at Cardiff, and in doing so he has stabilised the club financially, and transformed a second tier team into one of the most successful teams in the country.

“He has installed a unique, expansive playing style that has boasted some of the most attractive rugby in student sport, and the vast, unprecedented amount of success the club has witnessed – in the form of promotion, multiple BUCS Super Rugby victories, and a record breaking run of Varsity wins – has been the direct result of his commitment and ability as a rugby coach.

“Whilst we are saddened by his decision to the leave we would like to offer the utmost gratitude to Alun for his service to the club for which we are forever in his debt, and wish both him and his family all the very best for the future.”

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