Cardiff Blues set to confirm Dai Young’s return

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Cardiff Blues are to confirm that David Young will return to the club as Director of Rugby, nearly 10 years after his first off-field spell came to an end.

The 53-year-old was in charge between 2002 and 2011, encompassing the final season of the pre-regional era and the first eight seasons of the regional era, leading us to Anglo-Welsh Cup and Challenge Cup glory in 2009 and 2010, respectively.

Following that he headed for London with Wasps where he spent close to nine years, leading the English side to a Premiership runner-up spot in 2017 and negotiating the move from the capital to Coventry where they are now based.

Young departed the Ricoh Arena in February last year and is now set confirm his return to Cardiff Blues where he played 139 times in nine years across two spells, either side of stints with Leeds and Salford in Rugby League. He also won international honours in both codes, and toured with the British and Irish Lions in 1989.

As Director of Rugby he will likely be in charge of recruitment and retention, as well as overseeing the coaching staff. One of his first jobs will be to preside over the fallout from John Mulvihill’s departure, with Richie Rees (attack/backs), Richard Hodges (defence), Tom Smith (forwards) and Duane Goodfield (scrum/breakdown) already in place, while Dwayne Peel will arrive from Ulster this summer.

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