Dai Young signs on to be Cardiff Blues’ permanent Director of Rugby

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Cardiff Blues have announced that David Young will remain as Director of Rugby after signing a long-term contract at the Arms Park.

The 53-year-old has been in temporary charge since John Mulvihill departed in early January, guiding the team to three wins in six games and a fourth place finish in the Guinness Pro14’s Conference B that should result in a Heineken Champions Cup spot next season.

Before that he had spent nine years with Wasps, where he led them from relegation strugglers in London to Gallagher Premiership runners-up in Coventry, having been at Cardiff for nine years in his first spell as a coach here, leading us to Anglo-Welsh Cup and European Challenge Cup glory.

As a player Young appeared 139 times for the Blue and Blacks over two spells either side of playing for Salford and Leeds Rugby League. He won international honours in both codes and toured with British and Irish Lions in 1989.

Speaking to the Cardiff Blues official website, he said “It’s really pleasing to have agreed a long-term deal ahead of next season and I’m looking forward to the future here at Cardiff Arms Park.

“Cardiff is obviously a team I am passionate about and have a long association with but this interim period has also allowed both parties to have a good look at each other and allowed me to satisfy my mind that this is the right decision and I can make the impact I’d like.

“I am confident that this squad, which has so much potential, wants to improve and is willing to put in the necessary work, while the facilities required to underpin our goals and objectives have now been agreed and are progressing.

“There is still a long way to go, as we saw against London Irish, but I am confident there is a lot of improvement and development to come. They are a hard-working and honest group, with a lot of young and exciting talent. I have also been very impressed with the board, who have been very sensible and understand what is required to move forward.

“We want to compete at the business end of the season in all of the competitions we play in and while it will take time, I am confident we now have a clear, long-term plan in place. This is just the start of that journey but it is a project I am really excited about and I look forward to working with the rugby staff, Richard Holland and his executive to achieve these goals.”

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