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Scott Johnson backs Dai Young as next Wales coach

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Young & Johnson discuss Wales job

Ospreys director of coaching Scott Johnson says Cardiff Blues counterpart Dai Young would be a good choice as the next Wales coach after Warren Gatland.

Gatland's current deal runs until the end of the 2011 World Cup and he has yet to decide whether to extend it.

Johnson, who was Wales caretaker coach for three games in 2006, says he would consider an assistant role if asked.

"For the very next one I'm leaning towards a young Welsh coach," Johnson told Scrum V.

"We've got a system in place at the moment, [Young] would be a wonderful candidate for it.

"With the work that's been done regionally we've got some good, young coaches now that are experienced at a different level, Sean [Holley, the Ospreys head coach] is another one.

"I think it's right at some stage the banner gets passed, but if one of the boys said to me 'do you want to help me?', I'd certainly look at something like that.

I'd love to do the Wales job, but it's got to be at the right time

Cardiff Blues director of rugby Dai Young

"But I think we've turned the corner in the professional game over here and I thinks it's quite right they [home-grown coaches] get the opportunity.

"Sometimes you've got to do what you think is right for the regions and the country."

Young told Scrum V that he would one day like to coach Wales, but that it is too soon in his coaching career to consider taking the national job.

"I'm a proud Welshman, of course I'd love to do the Wales job, but it's got to be at the right time for me and who knows when the right time is?" Young said.

"From my point of view, I'm totally loving it at the Blues. It's my eighth season at the Blues, I've worked very hard, I've had total support from the chairman [Peter Thomas], the board and the players.

"We feel we're nowhere near the finished article, there's still work to be done there."

Wales coach Gatland says he will soon reveal his plans beyond the end of his contract after the 2011 World Cup, with a decision expected within the next three weeks.

Discussions have taken place between the New Zealander, 46, and Welsh Rugby Union group chief executive Roger Lewis to extend his coaching deal to 2015.



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