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The WRU is set to lose the option of approaching Dai Young to become the next Wales head coach, with the former Lions prop close to agreeing to extend his contract at Wasps well past 2019.

With Warren Gatland having confirmed he will leave the post after the World Cup in Japan that year, Young has been mooted as a potential replacement given the staggering rebuilding job he has done at the English club.

Wasps currently sit top of the Aviva Premiership after almost going out of business due to financial difficulties just three years ago.

Young left Cardiff Blues – after guiding them to Anglo-Welsh and European Challenge Cup glory in 2009 and 2010 respectively – to take the helm at the now Coventry-based outfit in 2011.

He has won plaudits for helping keep the club afloat in the early part of his tenure and moulding them into a side that can now contend for the domestic title as well as the European Champions Cup. They face Leinster in the quarter-finals of this year’s competition in April.

But Young’s success has seen the Wasps board move to tie him down beyond his current contract which was due to expire in 2019. It’s understood they want him to sign up until 2023.

He has yet to put pen to paper as yet but Wasps see that as a formality, meaning Wales will have to look elsewhere for Gatland’s successor in two years time.

Present interim boss Rob Howley will now be viewed as the favourite and Friday night’s victory against Ireland will have strengthened his case even though Wales slipped up against England and Scotland beforehand and were largely dismal throughout the autumn series even though their November win return was three from four.

The WRU will also have the option of looking overseas and there are bound to be any number of potential candidates in the southern hemisphere.

It’s not known how keen they are to explore the idea of Young stepping up to the Test scene, though union chief executive Martyn Phillips has said that the new man would ideally be someone who has won things at club level.

Young has done that with the Blues and will be fancied to do so again with a Wasps team that is buoyant at the moment.

He may yet take charge of Wales in the future, but the prospect of him succeeding Gatland is now all but dead in the water.

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/sport/rugb ... i-12731014


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My God, the WRU might lose the chance to get Dai.

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I seem to remember a lot of calls for Dai to be sacked in the early days of his coaching career at the Blues. He actually put together a pretty decent side that came to within a fanny's hair of a Heineken cup Final.
I always liked him as a coach and thought going to Wasps was a good move. He probably gets a lot less stick there than he ever did at the Blues and he probably sees how much the current Welsh setup gets and thinks - Nah.
Wouldn't be surprised if he goes to a different club after Wasps before he has a stab at coaching Wales - which can only be a good thing. He's still only 49!

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I'd hope Dai gets his shot, Matt.

Good player, good enforcer, knows the game top to bottom from his Cardiff days and has been successful most of his career outside Wales.

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Right, time for tea.

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Since when do sporting contracts actually mean what they say, if Wasps suddenly had a long run of defeats if the board wanted to sack Dai they would and if the WRU came knocking I sure for the right price Dai would be off
These days this sort of thing is even written into a lot of sporting contracts

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MattGaff wrote:
I seem to remember a lot of calls for Dai to be sacked in the early days of his coaching career at the Blues. He actually put together a pretty decent side that came to within a fanny's hair of a Heineken cup Final.
I always liked him as a coach and thought going to Wasps was a good move. He probably gets a lot less stick there than he ever did at the Blues and he probably sees how much the current Welsh setup gets and thinks - Nah.
Wouldn't be surprised if he goes to a different club after Wasps before he has a stab at coaching Wales - which can only be a good thing. He's still only 49!



YBH in his early time he was not up to it, but he said that himself. He should not have been head coach, but he did the right thing and brought people in, not sat back and said I know what I'm doin, fek orf

He became a very good coach and I would like to see him linked with Wales.

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Cheers Dai. I needed a new contract.


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MattGaff wrote:
I seem to remember a lot of calls for Dai to be sacked in the early days of his coaching career at the Blues. He actually put together a pretty decent side that came to within a fanny's hair of a Heineken cup Final.
I always liked him as a coach and thought going to Wasps was a good move. He probably gets a lot less stick there than he ever did at the Blues and he probably sees how much the current Welsh setup gets and thinks - Nah.
Wouldn't be surprised if he goes to a different club after Wasps before he has a stab at coaching Wales - which can only be a good thing. He's still only 49!


His achievement there can't be under estimated, and he looks the sort of coach the players respect and play for.

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