Wasps appoint Mark Tainton as Kicking Coach for new season

Wasps today announce the appointment of former Ireland Assistant Coach Mark Tainton as Kicking Coach for the 2015/16 season, to add to the coaching team already in place:  Director of Rugby Dai Young (also Head Coach), Defence Coach Brad Davis, Backs Coach Lee Blackett and part-time Assistant Coach Andy Titterrell.

Tainton is recognised as one of the most accomplished kicking coaches in world rugby. The former Bristol fly half previously worked with England, before coaching Ireland for 10 years and last season coached London Irish.

While with Ireland, Tainton worked as a technical kicking coach, helping to hone the kicking games of international superstars Ronan O’Gara and Jonny Sexton. Next season, Tainton will share his extensive knowledge with Wasps’ squad on a consultancy basis. 

Director of Rugby Dai Young said: “For me, Mark is one of the game’s authorities when it comes to kicking and he will play a pivotal role in developing our players’ skill-sets and kicking game.

“As a coaching team, I believe we now have a powerful combination of experience, in myself, Brad [Davis] and Mark [Tainton] and fresh ideas and insight from some of the best up-and-coming coaches in the game, in Lee Blackett and Andy Titterrell. 

“Wasps expanded coaching team also reflects the ambition of the club to take our talented squad to the next level. 

“We have long had one of the smallest coaching teams in the Aviva Premiership, with myself, Brad and Stephen [Jones] covering all areas, but now, thanks to the off-field success generated by the Ricoh Arena business, we are able to invest in our coaching team and support staff, as well as our players.

“This move also recognises the importance of specialists concentrating on specific aspects of the game. It will enable us to help players develop their individual games and improve the squad as collective, in order to continue our rise up the Premiership table over the coming seasons.”

Mark Tainton said: “I am really looking forward to this new challenge and to working alongside Dai Young and his coaching team. 

“Wasps is a massive club which has won a number of European and domestic titles. The ambition the club has demonstrated, both in its recruitment policy and through the move to Coventry, shows Wasps’ determination to create that success again. There is tremendous talent and fantastic footballers within Wasps squad and I have no doubt that there are exciting years ahead for Wasps.

“In the role of kicking coach, it won’t be about re-inventing the wheel. It’s more about tweaks when working on a player’s process and technique, both for goal kicking and out of hand, to make sure they are totally confident. Kicking becomes much easier when you trust your process.

“I enjoyed working as a consultant with London Irish last season. They were all very receptive and I’d like to thank the coaches and wish them the very best of luck for future seasons.”