Former Wales scrum-half Dwayne Peel will take up the role of Senior Assistant Coach at Cardiff Blues for next season, taking on responsibility for the attacking game.
The 39-year-old is currently Attack Coach at Guinness Pro14 rivals Ulster, where he has been since 2017. He helped them to the runner-up spot in the 2019/20 season, and so far this campaign the Irish side have made more line breaks, produced more offloads and scored more points than anyone else.
Before that Peel had spent two years as a Skills and Attack Coach at Bristol Bears, where he was part of the coaching staff that helped them win the English Championship in 2016.
It was at Ashton Gate where he finished his playing career, having previously played for six years at Sale Sharks, and eight years at the Scarlets. He also won 76 Wales caps between 2001 and 2011, winning Grand Slams in 2005 and 2008, and played in all three tests on the 2005 British and Irish Lions tour of New Zealand.
Peel will arrive in the summer of 2021, working alongside Richie Rees who will remain as backs coach at the Arms Park.
Speaking to the official Cardiff Blues website, he said, “I am really excited to come back to Wales with this opportunity at Cardiff Blues, which was impossible to turn down.
“I have really enjoyed my time with Ulster Rugby and remain incredibly grateful to everyone at the Kingspan Stadium. I feel like I have made a good contribution in Ulster and we have developed an attractive, all round style of play.
“But to come back home to Wales and play a part in developing the next generation of players is really exciting. Cardiff Blues have a wealth of young attacking talent and enormous potential. I remain full committed to Ulster for the remainder of the season and I’m determined to leave with success before joining Cardiff Blues.”