The Welsh Rugby Union are advertising for a full-time Team Manager for the Wales XV.
Having had part-time appointments in the past, with former Welsh internationals Robert Norster, Geoff Evans, David Pickering and Alan Phillips filling the role of manager, the Union are now seeking a full-time professional for the leading role.
The advert for the new post, which is published in the Western Mail on Friday, 12 July, reads as follows:
"The Welsh Rugby Union is seekign to appoint a Full Time Team Manager for the Wales National Squad. The successful applicant will be a proven manager with excellent man management and interpersonal skills. He/She will be comfortable in dealing with the Media and also have an understanding of the pressures that surround the Wales XV and its whole management team. A background in the game is desirable but not essential, as is a competency in IT skills."
Further details are available on request from the WRU Director of Rugby, Terry Cobner.
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