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Dai Young

Director of Rugby, David 'Dai' Young was born in Aberdare, Wales. He started his playing career in Rugby Union, playing for Swansea, the Northern Suburbs and Cardiff, before turning to Rugby League with Leeds and then with Salford, finally returning to union and Cardiff.

The 6ft 2in Prop won 51 caps for the Wales national rugby union team and became their 113th captain in 2000, as well as captaining Wales in the 1995 Rugby League World Cup, when he switched codes, before returning to rugby union. He also has three caps for the British Lions, touring with the Lions in three different decades; 1989, 1997 and 2001.

Following his stint in Rugby League, Dai re-joined Cardiff, where he captained for four seasons until the end of the 2001/2 season.

In the summer of 2002 Young began his coaching career, going into the role of Head Coach with Cardiff. Young led Cardiff to a runners-up position in the 2006/7 Magners League, an Anglo-Welsh Cup win and an Amlin Challenge Cup win.

Young joined London Wasps as Director of Rugby ahead of the 2011/12 season, where he took the reins of a side struck by injuries and retirements, who managed to battle their way out of a relegation fight and retain their place in the top flight.

Wasps fared much better under his leadership the following season, eventually finishing 8th, after a spell in the top four mid-way through the campaign.

Now in his third year in charge Young has been able to regroup and begin to build a side with his own hallmark for the 2013/14 campaign.