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Wasps: Dai Young steps down for an unspecified period, replaced by Lee Blackett

Dai Young left Cardiff Blues to become Wasps boss in 2011

Wasps director of rugby Dai Young is to step back from first-team duties for an unspecified period, say the Coventry-based Premiership club.

Lee Blackett, 37, who is part of his backroom team, will step up to become interim head coach.

Former dual code Wales international Young, 52, has been Wasps boss since their High Wycombe days, having been appointed in 2011.

Wasps are currently ninth in the Premiership table after nine games.

They have only won 13 of their last 46 matches in all competitions and have been knocked out of Europe early in the last two seasons.

They have also lost a lot of their big names in that period, most notably England’s Elliot Daly to Saracens last summer, as well as World Cup winner Willie Le Roux, Kurtley Beale, Danny Cipriani, James Haskell, Guy Thompson and also Christian Wade to American football.

Attack and backs coach Blackett has been with Wasps since arriving from Rotherham Titans in 2015.

Lee Blackett has been part of Dai Young’s backroom team since the summer of 2015, shortly after Wasps’ move to the Ricoh Arena

Article courtesy of BBC Sport
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