Dai Young Leaves By Mutual Consent

No pre-season matches yet for the Welsh regions, but the weekend saw one big departure with Dai Young leaving Cardiff Rugby.

The club’s director of rugby has left the Arms Park by mutual consent, even though he was exonerated after an investigation into bullying allegations.

Cardiff issued a statement, saying that despite being cleared of the allegations through insufficient evidence, the process had put a strain on the relationship between the coach and his employers.

His departure leaves Cardiff without a head figure in their coaching team, with Matt Sherratt and Richie Rees currently holding the reins with the players back in pre-season training.

A Cardiff statement read: “As has been widely reported in the media, on 20 April 2023, Dai Young was suspended from his role as Director of Rugby by Cardiff Rugby following allegations of bullying, which he categorically denied.

“Given the nature of these allegations and mindful of its duty of care to all employees, Cardiff Rugby commissioned a barrister to carry out an independent investigation.

“Following a thorough process, the barrister concluded that there was insufficient evidence to support the allegations and that no further action should be taken in relation to them.

“Unfortunately, this process has caused strain on the working relationship between Cardiff Rugby and Dai Young.

“In the circumstances, regrettably, it has been mutually agreed by the parties to terminate Dai’s employment contract in accordance with terms within that allow for early termination.

“Cardiff Rugby would like to thank Dai for his latest contribution to the Club during the last two years, which culminated in the club finishing as the highest placed Welsh club in the United Rugby Championship, which secured a return to the European Champions Cup. We wish Dai the very best with whatever the future holds for him.

“Work will now begin to appoint a successor and coaching team at the Arms Park with 14 weeks still remaining until the 2023-24 season kicks off.”

Also heading out of Welsh rugby is prop WillGriff John, who is joining Racing 92 in France after being released by the Scarlets at the end of last season.

The tight-head prop won two caps for Wales in 2020, under former Wales coach Wayne Pivac.

Wales also picked up a trophy at the weekend, when the Wales Women U18s team won the Rugby Europe Sevens tournament in Poland.

They finished ahead of second-placed Turkey and Portugal, in third.