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Former Namibia head Coach Phil Davies returns to Yorkshire Carnegie as Director of Rugby

The former Welsh International ditched plans for a coaching break to take up role

Former Welsh international and former Namibian Head Coach Phil Davies is returning to Yorkshire Carnegie as Director of Rugby. 

The 56 year-old left after a decade at the club to return home to Wales, and enjoyed coaching spells at the Blues, Scarlets and Worcester. 

He has led Namibia to consecutive World Cups including last year’s in Japan.

Commenting on his return to the club Davies said:

“I am honoured to be returning to the club. When a friend or family member is in need, your natural reaction is to offer any help you can and the club has always felt like family to me. After the World Cup with Namibia, I had decided to take a break from coaching but this is an opportunity too important to turn down.

“First and foremost, I want to work with the current coaching and playing staff to move things forward and fight to keep our place in the Greene King IPA Championship. We will look to strengthen the squad in the short term, if possible, but looking longer term, we want to create a strategic plan for Rugby Union in Leeds in order to provide a sustainable future for the sport at an elite level in the city."

Davies will also join the club’s board of directors as well as running the rugby operation of the club.

Managing Director Chris Gibson said:

“We are delighted to be able to bring Phil Davies back ‘home’. His decade at the club was a very special time for everyone connected to the club. The fact that he is returning and so he can try and make a difference, speaks volumes for the affection he holds the club in. I would like to thank the board of Yorkshire Tykes Limited and shareholders for their support to make this happen, especially our partners at Northern Energy.

“We have fifteen games left this season and all our energies will be focused on trying to finish the season as strongly as possible.".

 

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