Cardiff Blues are set to have a mini-coaching staff shake-up as Richie Rees takes over from Jason Strange in looking after the attack.
Former Wales U20 coach Strange only arrived at the Arms Park last summer as part of John Mulvihill’s first coaching ticket after being appointed head coach, having previously coached at Ebbw Vale after finishing playing.
In his season as attack coach he oversaw a Cardiff Blues team that scored 497 Guinness Pro14 points, the sixth-most in the league, with 60 tries coming at just under three tries per game, as well as seven try bonus points.
Our scintillating first phase attack was widely praised as a serious weapon, however a lack of ability to score beyond strike plays was a downfall on many occasions, leading to criticism in some quarters.
Strange’s role will now be taken by Richie Rees who is promoted from his position within the Cardiff Blues academy as a transition coach, working with those players identified as in with a chance of making it to the first team.
The Swansea-born scrum-half played 100 times for Cardiff Blues between 2007 and 2012 winning the EDF Energy Cup in 2009 and the Amlin Challenge Cup in 2010. He also played for Ospreys, London Irish, Edinburgh and Dragons, as well as winning nine test caps for Wales.
It was at Dragons where he would start his coaching career, before switching to the Cardiff Blues academy in 2017. He has also spent time with Cardiff Blues A, as well as Wales U19 and Wales Sevens.
He is now set to take over as attack coach ahead of a season where Welsh internationals Josh Adams and Hallam Amos arrive at the Arms Park, but we are without Gareth Anscombe, who has left for the Ospreys.