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Dai Younger: Cardiff exit agreed after ‘inadequate proof’ discovered to assist bullying claims

Dai Young addresses Cardiff players after they played Newcastle in January, 2023
Dai Younger captained Wales in rugby union and rugby league

Dai Younger has left as Cardiff director of rugby position regardless of an investigation into bullying allegations discovering “inadequate proof”.

Younger was suspended on 20 April however denied the accusations and an impartial investigation was launched.

A barrister concluded there was inadequate proof to assist any allegations.

Nevertheless, Younger and Cardiff agreed to his departure after relationships grew to become “strained”.

A Cardiff assertion learn: “As has been broadly reported within the media, on 20 April 2023, Dai Younger was suspended from his position as director of rugby by Cardiff Rugby following allegations of bullying, which he categorically denied.

“Given the character of those allegations and aware of its obligation of care to all staff, Cardiff Rugby commissioned a barrister to hold out an impartial investigation.

“Following a radical course of, the barrister concluded that there was inadequate proof to assist the allegations and that no additional motion needs to be taken in relation to them.

“Sadly, this course of has prompted pressure on the working relationship between Cardiff Rugby and Dai Younger.

“Within the circumstances, regrettably, it has been mutually agreed by the events to terminate Dai’s employment contract in accordance with phrases inside that permit for early termination.

“Cardiff Rugby wish to thank Dai for his newest contribution to the membership over the past two years, which culminated within the membership ending because the highest-placed Welsh membership within the United Rugby Championship, which secured a return to the European Champions Cup. We want Dai the easiest with regardless of the future holds for him.

“Work will now start to nominate a successor and training staff on the Arms Park with 14 weeks nonetheless remaining till the 2023-24 season kicks off.”

Matt Sherratt and Richie Rees have been taking Cardiff pre-season coaching in Younger’s absence with the pair the one remaining senior coaches remaining at present within the set-up.

Because the finish of final season, Cardiff have misplaced defence coach Richard Hodges and forwards coach to Zebre and Gloucester respectively, whereas set-piece specialist Duane Goodfield has additionally left.

Younger legacy

Younger’s glittering dual-code enjoying profession introduced him 54 rugby union caps, three of them for the British and Irish Lions.

He was extremely thought to be an on-field chief and turned to teaching after his enjoying days ended, taking up for the primary time at Cardiff for the 2002-03 season.

Younger remained in cost on the Arms Park till 2011 when he joined Wasps as director of rugby, spending virtually 9 years there earlier than leaving in February 2020.

As John Mulvihill left Cardiff in January 2021, Younger returned, initially as interim director of rugby, earlier than he was given the position on a long-term foundation.

Cardiff have been the top-performing Welsh area final season with a Tenth-place end within the United Rugby Championship (URC) leading to Heineken Champions Cup qualification for the 2023-24 marketing campaign.

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