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Last Updated: Friday, 5 May 2006, 14:51 GMT 15:51 UK
Davies joins Wales coaching team
Nigel Davies (left) and Gareth Jenkins
Davies was Jenkins' assistant at Llanelli Scarlets
New national coach Gareth Jenkins has named his Llanelli Scarlets deputy Nigel Davies as Wales attack coach.

Davies, 41, won 29 caps at centre between 1988 and 1997, captaining his country against France in 1996.

The widely expected appointment is the first of Jenkins' reign, and the move was thought to have been a condition of his taking the Wales job.

Defence coach Clive Griffiths will not tour Argentina and will leave his job, although his contract will be honoured.

"I recognise the successful work Clive has done, but it is important for me to create a new coaching environment," said Jenkins.

There is a real buzz in Welsh rugby a year out from the World Cup
Nigel Davies

Griffiths, who has been linked to the director of rugby role at Doncaster RFC, said:

"I understand Gareth's point of view but I am disappointed at leaving international rugby, I will pursue other offers."

More back-room roles - including a new defence coach - are expected to be filled soon, with the playing squad to tour Argentina named next Wednesday.

Llanelli-born Davies was a member of the Wales side that won the Five Nations in 1994, when Jenkins was assistant coach to Alan Davies.

After a highly successful playing career at Llanelli, he retired after losing the Swalec Cup final to Swansea in 1999.

He has won a high reputation since cutting his coaching teeth at Stradey Park and is a popular figure with the players at the west Wales region.

"There is a real buzz in Welsh rugby a year out from the World Cup and I am thrilled to be part of that," said Davies.

"We have great depth coming through the age grade and academy system, I'm looking forward to getting stuck in with the job of selecting the squad for the tour to Argentina."

Nigel and I share a strong view on a Welsh way of playing rugby
Gareth Jenkins

Jenkins was determined to get his own back-room team in place for Wales, something that was denied Mike Ruddock and that many felt led to the Grand Slam-winning coach's downfall.

"Having worked with Nigel at the Scarlets, I have always been aware of his potential to become an international coach," said Jenkins.

"I believe this appointment will add to what we are trying to do as a coaching group, Nigel has international playing experience and intense exposure to the sharp edge of professional rugby.

"Outside of his technical abilities, Nigel and I share a strong view on a Welsh way of playing rugby and a Welsh ethos.

"This is an important addition to the team which will hopefully be strengthened further over the coming weeks."

Davies' appointment will fuel resentment in some quarters at the alleged 'Stradey-fication' of Wales following Jenkins' apppointment, though.

It has been speculated that Wayne Proctor could be the new national fitness coach, Robin McBryde the forwards coach, and that Scarlets players may have a head-start when it comes to selection.

The alleged Neath bias of former Wales coach Ron Waldron led to serious problems in the early 1990s, as did the perceived Cardiff bias of Alex Evans in 1995.

Davies' move leaves the Scarlets without a head coach as well as a director of rugby.

Phil Davies is favourite for the latter role, while Paul Moriarty and Scott Quinnell could be in contention for Nigel Davies' old position.



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