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Last Updated: Wednesday, 22 March 2006, 16:11 GMT
I'm not ready for Wales - Young
Cardiff Blues coach Dai Young
Young says he is not ready to coach a national side
Cardiff Blues coach Dai Young says he is "certainly not" interested in becoming the next Wales coach.

With the Welsh Rugby Union advertising the job ahead of caretaker Scott Johnson's expected return to Australia, Young had been touted as a contender.

"The WRU want a head coach and the time is not right for me to put my hand up for that role with Wales," said Young.

The former Wales and Lions prop did not rule out a role as a sidekick in the next coaching set-up.

I've got two years left on my Blues deal and I'm totally focused on getting them back on top
Dai Young

He has been tipped for a job as forwards coach in the unlikely event that Johnson chooses to stay on as the number one and reject approaches to join the Australia squad.

"I can't say whether I'd work with Wales under a head coach until an offer like that was put in front of me, there are far too many ifs and buts," Young told BBC Sport Wales.

"I've got two years left on my Blues deal and I'm totally focused on getting them back on top.

"In the longer term, I'm a proud Welshman. As a player I loved playing for Wales, and as a coach I'd love to lead the national side some day."

The WRU posted an advert for the Wales coaching job on their website last Saturday and say they have received widespread interest.

John Kirwan
Kirwan is the only man to declare an interest so far

A five-man panel has been appointed to conduct a worldwide search for the best man.

With Scarlets director of rugby Gareth Jenkins having ruled himself out of the running whilst the current WRU bosses are in power, there is no obvious Welsh candidate for the job.

Paul Turner says he wants to concentrate on "unfinished business" at the Dragons, while Mark Evans and Lyn Jones are big outsiders, leaving Leeds director of rugby Phil Davies the most likely Welsh contender.

Worldwide, the likes of Warren Gatland, Nick Mallett, John Mitchell, Robbie Deans and Sir Clive Woodward have been touted as potential candidates, but John Kirwan is the only man to have declared an interest.

The WRU say they want the coach in place for the summer Tests in Argentina, but if that does not happen Clive Griffiths could lead the tour.

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