Dai Young to make Wasps exit

Dai Young joined Wasps as director of rugby in 2011
Dai Young joined Wasps as director of rugby in 2011

Wasps have confirmed that director of rugby Dai Young will make his exit from the club after nine years.

Young joined Wasps as director of rugby in 2011 after coaching Cardiff Blues but the club has not gone on to win a major title during his tenure with their best performance coming in 2017 when they finished runners-up.

Earlier last week, the 52-year-old announced stepping down from his role on an interim period but now its confirmed that Young will leave the Ricoh Arena based outfit.

"I am extremely proud of my record during my time at Wasps and was extremely honoured to receive the Director of Rugby of the Season award in 2017. It was proper recognition of all we had achieved as a squad leading up to that season.

“I am very proud of the part I played in developing players who have gone on to play for their countries, like Club Captain Joe Launchbury.

“It will be tough to leave a club and group of people that has meant so much to me over the past decade, but I feel this is the right time for both the Club and for myself".

Young also thanked the supporters, players and support staff and wished the club good luck.

“I would like to thank all the players, past and present, and the staff I have worked with, especially my heads of department who have become like family.

“I would also like to thank the Wasps fans who have been unbelievable in their support of me and the Club, particularly during the tougher times. Their loyalty and support have meant a great deal to all of us and has made my journey even more special.

“It has been a fantastic experience for myself and my family. My wife April and I look forward to following Wasps in the future and supporting Thomas as proud parents from the stands.

“Wasps has been a huge part of my life and I wish everyone at the Club the best of luck for the future.”

Following Young's departure, attack and backs coach Lee Blackett will be the interim coach for the side as they look to revive their Gallagher Premiership campaign where they are at 10th place with three wins from 10 games.