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Last Updated: Monday, 8 May 2006, 13:58 GMT 14:58 UK
Doncaster name Griffiths as coach
Clive Griffiths
Griffiths has worked with Wales since 2001
Former Wales defence coach Clive Griffiths has joined English National League One side Doncaster as director of rugby on a three-year deal.

Griffiths, who lost his Wales role last week, had been linked with the vacant coaching position at Llanelli Scarlets.

Doncaster finished a disappointing 10th in the 14-team league this season, and sacked coach Pieter Muller in February.

"Doncaster are a very ambitious club and they have a good bit of financial backing," Griffiths told BBC Sport.

"They have been talking to me for a long time and with all the uncertainty surrounding my future over the past few weeks I have appreciated their honesty."

We have appointed an exceptional coach with experience and proven success at the highest levels in the game
Doncaster chief executive John Lowe

Griffiths, who lives in Lancashire, had worked with the last three Wales coaches since his appointment back in 2001.

He was capped once by Wales, but switched codes to rugby league in 1979 by joining St Helens.

He spent 10 years as coach to the Welsh rugby league team, twice taking them to the semi-final stage of the World Cup twice and won the European Championship for the first time in 57 years.

His first coaching role in union was with London Welsh before he became defence coach with Swansea.

Doncaster chief executive John Lowe said: ¿Our last two appointments to this role have been exceptional players new to the coaching role.

"This time we have appointed an exceptional coach with experience and proven success at the highest levels in the game.

"We are confident that Clive will improve our playing standard and continue the progress of Doncaster Rugby Club.¿



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