Coaching Team

Dai Young

Director of Rugby

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 6t 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 2001/02 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 2006/07 Magners League, an Anglo-Welsh Cup win and an Amlin Challenge Cup win.

Young joined 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.  

In his third year in charge Young was able to regroup and begin to build a side with his own hallmark for the future. This resulted in improved performances year on year, guiding his young side to a seventh placed finish in 2013/14, sixth place in 2014/15, third place in 2016/17 and Aviva Premiership Finalists last season.

Young was also named Ricoh Director of Rugby of the Season at the 2016/17 Aviva Premiership Rugby Awards after leading his squad to the top of the Aviva Premiership table where they stayed for six months. During the season Wasps beat the all time Premiership tries and points scored in one season to make the Final for the first time in nine years, where they were narrowly pipped at the post by Exeter Chiefs, losing by 3 points after extra time.   

Phil Blake

Defence Coach

Phil Blake joined Wasps' coaching team at the start of the 2016/17 season. He was appointed as Defence Coach. 

Phil has previously coached in Sydney as Head Coach of Manly and was voted Coach of the year in the NSW Premiership. He rose to prominence when Robbie Deans approached him to become Defence Coach of the Wallabies for the 2010 and 2011 seasons. In that time Blake helped the Wallabies beat the All Blacks twice out of four attempts and win the Tri-Nations Championship for the first time in 10 years. 

He was also Assistant Coach of the Australian A team in the lead up to the 2011 World Cup. Phil was part of Australia's 2011 World Cup team, that finished third at the tournament and kept three Tier 1 Nations in Ireland, Italy and South Africa tryless. 

During that period from 2011-2012, Blake was also Defence Coach for the Western Force in Super Rugby. During the last half of the 2012 season, Blake was appointed Head Coach of the team.   

Before joining Wasps Phil was appointed Head Coach of the North Harbour Rays in the inaugural season of the National Rugby Championship in Australia. 

Blake previously worked in the Aviva Premiership with Leicester Tigers for the 2014/15 season. During his time there Leicester were semi-finalists, after coming third in the regular season and ranked 1st in the Premiership for tries conceded.

In Phil's first season at Wasps, the club finished in first place in the regular season, reached the Premiership final, reached a European quarter final and were ranked 1st in the Premiership for tackle efficiency. 

Lee Blackett

Backs Coach

Lee Blackett joined Wasps ahead of the 2015/16 season from Rotherham Titans where he was Head Coach for the previous two seasons. Blackett replaced Stephen Jones who returned to Scarlets.

The Chester-born coach achieved great success with Rotherham Titans over his two seasons there. Helping them to consecutive Championship play-off semi-finals.

The 34-year-old became the youngest coach in the Championship in 2013 when he took the Rotherham job aged just 30. 

Before coaching Lee enjoyed a playing career with Rotherham Titans and Leeds Carnegie as a centre and wing.

He still holds the record of fastest try scored in the Premiership during his time with Leeds (8.28 seconds Leeds v Falcons, 21 Mar 08, for trivia buffs!)   

Andy Titterrell

Assistant Forwards Coach

Andy Titterrell enjoyed an impressive playing career with Sale Sharks, Gloucester Rugby, Leeds Carnegie, Edinburgh Rugby and London Welsh. The hooker's on-field achievements included winning the Premiership in 2006 with Sale and representing England and the British and Irish Lions on their 2005 tour of New Zealand.   

After retiring Titterrell joined Wasps in 2014 as a Forwards Coach and Breakdown Specialist. Titterrell helped the club finish the 2015/16 season in 3rd place, qualifying for the Premiership playoff, as well as reaching the European Champions Cup Semi Final.

Titterrell was then invited to coach the Forwards for The England Saxons on their successful Tour of South Africa, helping them to a 2-0 Series win over South Africa A that same season.

In 2016/17 Titterrell helped the club finish top of the Aviva Premiership in the regular season and reach the Aviva Premiership Final along with a European Champions Cup Quarter Final.