Warren Gatland backs Dai Young's Wasps move

Dai Young
Young arrived at Wasps after nine years with Cardiff Blues

Warren Gatland hopes moving to London Wasps will boost Dai Young's chances of one day becoming Wales coach.

Current Wales boss Gatland is a former Wasps coach and believes ex-Wales and British and Irish Lions tight-head prop Young can only benefit from the move.

Kiwi Gatland told BBC Wales Sport: "I think it will be great for him.

"I know one day he wants to coach Wales and have [my] job, and hopefully he's successful up there and he gets that opportunity."

Gatland says Young had a tough start to his coaching career, progressing immediately from playing to being Cardiff RFC boss when South African Rudy Joubert left the Arms Park in 2002.

In 2003, the Blue and Blacks became Cardiff Blues as Welsh rugby moved into a restructured system of regional sides.

Young became the first Welsh regional boss to win European silverware when the Blues beat Toulon 28-21 in the 2010 Amlin Challenge Cup final.

The 43-year-old guided the Blues to a Heineken Cup semi-final in 2009, where they were beaten in a penalty shoot-out by Leicester, and took them to Anglo-Welsh Cup success in the same year.

Earlier this year he was in charge of the Barbarians for victories over an England XV and Wales.

Young said he was joining a "bigger club" by moving to Wasps, but the Premiership side face a possible compensation dispute with the Blues over his decision to quit with 12 months remaining on his contract.

Wasps had been without a full-time director of rugby since Hanks' departure in February, and Gatland believes Young will be given every assistance as he attempts to get the club back to winning ways.

"He's still a very, very young coach who was thrown in at the Blues at the deep end at a very young age," said Gatland, who won the Heineken Cup and three consecutive league titles during his four years with Wasps.

"He's been there for a while and I think that when you've been coaching in Wales for a long time I think it's nice to potentially get away.

"It's not too far away. It's only up in London, a couple of hours away, and you're coaching in a different competition with different players.

"[He can] take the experiences from here, learn from that role in the Premiership and they'll give him time.

"I think he'll learn going into a new club again and I think it will be great for him.

"Dai's a great guy. We've worked closely together over the last two years in terms of anything we need - if we ring up Dai and say we need a couple of players for defence or training, he's always happy to accommodate us, which has been great.

"So he's going to a great club with a lot of history, a lot of success, but a club at the moment that's going to give him a little bit of time and not put pressure on.

"So I think it's going to be good for him and I sincerely hopes he does well."

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