Former Wales captain David Young has accepted an offer to become a Cardiff coach. The 34-year-old Cardiff tight-head prop had been offered the chance to play and coach in England earlier this season after standing down from international rugby.
But the British Lion Young has chosen to stay with Cardiff and will join the Arms Park's coaching team in September of next year."To be honest, I am glad the negotiations are over and really chuffed to be staying at Cardiff," said Young.
"I have been flattered by the others offers, some of which were very lucrative, but Cardiff, Peter Thomas, Bob Norster and Rudy Joubert in particular, have been fantastic towards me.
"I took my time over the decision because I knew I had to make the right one. "Such is the reputation Young has built, that the former rugby league international has also been offered the chance to become the national scrummaging coach under Graham Henry. He said, "It is nice to be wanted by Graham but I don't really know what will happen with that now."
As the countdown continues for RWC2015, Tournament Chief Executive Debbie Jevans visited the Millennium Stadium to discuss preparations for the eight matches and reveal the positive news that 100,000 tickets for games at the home of Welsh rugby have sold in the last seven days.
Jason Harries is targeting a first win on the World Series circuit this season with Wales. The series returns to action this weekend in Dubai where Harries is part of a team hoping to build from its efforts in round one in October.
Wales skipper Jevon Groves says his side have addressed a few points from Gold Coast and aim to 'hit the ground running' in the next two rounds of the World Series, kicking off with this weekend in Dubai before heading off to South Africa next week.
Wales Sevens manager Steff Thomas is hopeful his side can build from a quarter-final spot in the opening round of the World Series in Australia when his side take part in the forthcoming double header in Dubai and South Africa.