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Last Updated: Thursday, 4 October 2007, 14:38 GMT 15:38 UK
Davies named as Wales caretaker
Nigel Davies
Nigel Davies has been named as Wales' caretaker coach
Nigel Davies has been named as caretaker coach by the WRU for next month's game with South Africa.

Davies will head up a team that also includes Rowland Phillips, Neil Jenkins and Robin McBryde.

The move follows the weekend sacking of Gareth Jenkins after Wales crashed out of the World Cup by losing to Fiji.

"As a group we see this South Africa match as an opportunity to put things right and give the fans something to cheer and shout about," said Davies.

We are bitterly disappointed that Wales did not get to the quarter finals of the World Cup

Nigel Davies

"There is a tremendous amount of work to be done and as four proud Welshmen we are determined to ensure all the coaches and players pull together to go forward with confidence and style," he added.

"We are angry and hurting right now because we are bitterly disappointed that Wales did not get to the quarter finals of the World Cup.

"We want to channel those feelings into our preparations for this match."

The immediate confirmation of the caretaker team allows the WRU panel to focus on their search for the man to replace Gareth Jenkins.

That search is being led by the Union's group chief executive, Roger Lewis, chairman David Pickering and former international Gerald Davies.

South African Nick Mallet is out of the running after taking on the challenge with Italy, while ex-Australia coach Eddie Jones - now part of the South Africa set-up - and former Wales coach Mike Ruddock are not thought to be interested.

The other likely overseas names to be considered include Robbie Deans, the Crusaders coach, and the former Ireland and Wasps boss Warren Gatland.


As part of the fallout after the shock World Cup exit against Fiji, the Union has already started analysing its elite structure.

This will embrace the international squad; Jenkins himself; the regions; and other senior figures in the game.

It will run in tandem with the review of the semi-professional Welsh Premiership, which is already underway.

Wales take on South Africa at the Millennium Stadium on 24 November.

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