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Last Updated: Thursday, 30 March 2006, 10:32 GMT 11:32 UK
Leeds wait on Davies' Wales link
Phil Davies
Davies is thought to be a front-runner for the Wales job
Leeds Tykes say that they are in the dark on rumours that their director of rugby Phil Davies has been approached for the Wales coaching job.

Ex-Wales and Llanelli captain Davies, 42, is thought to be the choice of the current Welsh Rugby Union bosses.

But with the Union's member clubs set to call an Extraordinary General Meeting, a change at the top of the WRU could open the way for Gareth Jenkins.

"We are taking a watching brief," Leeds chief executive Gary Hetherington said.

All my efforts and energies are going into the club
Phil Davies

"It's all very speculative, it's inevitable that Phil's name is going to be linked with the job, but we are not in discussions about it."

The WRU removed the original deadline of 7 April from the advert for the coaching position on their website, although that has since been put back.

Davies, capped 46 times by Wales as a number eight and lock, joined Leeds from Llanelli as player-coach in 1996.

THE PHIL DAVIES CV
Born: Seven Sisters, 19/10/63
Career: Police officer
Clubs: Llanelli (captain for six seasons), Leeds
Position: No 8, lock
Wales caps (1985-95): 46
1996-2001: Leeds player-coach, takes Tykes from Division Three to Premiership
2003: Leeds make Heineken Cup debut
2005: Leeds win Powergen Cup
2005: Leeds bottom of Premiership, gives up coaching role for director of rugby position

He led the Yorkshire club from Division Three to the Premiership in five years, took them into the Heineken Cup, and won the Powergen Cup last season.

But the Tykes are presently 11 points adrift at the bottom of the Guinness Premiership with four games remaining.

Davies gave up his role as head coach last October to concentrate on his director of rugby position but - despite a brief upturn in form - the Tykes look doomed to relegation this year.

Seven Sisters-man Davies has refused to comment on the Wales position, claiming he is too pre-occupied with the Tykes' survival battle.

"I'm too busy to think about coaching Wales, all my efforts and energies are going into the club," he said.

The former policeman has two years remaining on his Headingley deal, and Hetherington insists that the club are happy with the Welshman.

Davies recently described the WRU's handling of the departure of Mike Ruddock as "shambolic", but he has always said that his long-term ambition is to coach his country.




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