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Last Updated: Sunday, 7 May 2006, 15:02 GMT 16:02 UK
Young 'not offered' Wales vacancy
Dai Young says he is not ready to join the Wales set-up
Dai Young says he is not ready to join the Wales set-up
New Wales coach Gareth Jenkins has denied offering the forwards coaching role to Cardiff Blues boss Dai Young.

Young issued a statement on Saturday saying he had turned down the chance to join Jenkins' back-room staff.

"I have been in discussion with David regarding a possible role. However, these discussions did not lead to a formal job offer," Jenkins said.

BBC Wales Sport understands Young has held talks with English side Saracens with a view to a coaching position.

A meeting is believed to have taken place over the weekend, with Young also choosing that moment to distance himself from the new Wales regime.

"Obviously I was extremely flattered to be offered the position of forwards coach this week, but I feel that this is not the right time in my career to take up such a post," Young had said.

Blues chief executive Robert Norster commented: "Recent comments in the press remain pure speculation, Young remains in a long-term contract with Cardiff Blues.

"As one of the leading young coaches in the game, naturally there has been external interest in his services. However, to date we have received no formal contact from any third party."

I would love to be part of the Welsh coaching team at some point
Blues coach Dai Young

New Wales coach Jenkins has so far recruited just Llanelli Scarlets deputy Nigel Davies as his attack coach.

"I have a huge amount of respect for both Gareth and Nigel for the work they have done with Llanelli and the Scarlets over the years," Young added.

"I am a proud Welshman and would love to be part of the Welsh coaching team at some point."

New Saracens director of rugby Alan Gaffney, the former Munster coach, is a confirmed fan of Young.

Gaffney faces the possibility of losing head coach Mike Ford to either the Wales or England set-ups, with Ford having proved himself as a top international defence coach with Ireland and the Lions.

"I've got an appointment with Saracens next week to talk about the coaching structure," Ford said.

"They've got ideas of changing it and they want to sit down with me to see where I fit into it.

"I know Francis Baron [RFU chief executive] contacted Saracens and they have rung me up, but I told them I needed to sort things out with Saracens before deciding whether to apply for the position of defence coach.

"The closing date for applications for the England job is next Friday, by which time my position with Saracens will be clarified."

Wasps' Shaun Edwards is another contender to join Andy Robinson's England staff, while Ford is also an option to replace the outgoing Clive Griffiths in the Wales camp.

Former Wales and Llanelli skipper Phil Davies is poised to quit as Leeds director of rugby, while Bath coach Brian Ashton is expected to become England backs coach.

That is likely to spark a coaching merry-go-round once the domestic season finishes.

Although having been beaten to the Wales top job by Jenkins, it is not inconceivable that Davies could fill the role of forwards coach.

But Jenkins now seems likely to turn to former Wales hooker Robin McBryde for that post.

Davies is thought to have had contact with Saracens and the Scarlets, while he would also fit the bill with the Blues should Young seek pastures new.

Young may yet stay at the Arms Park, but has been touted to replace Jenkins as director of rugby at the Blues' Welsh regional rivals the Scarlets.

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