Relegation-threatened Yorkshire Carnegie appoint new boss

Yorkshire Carnegie have announced that former Welsh international and Namibia Head Coach Phil Davies, 56, is returning to the club as Director of Rugby.

Davies was the most successful coach in the club’s history having led Leeds Tykes to promotion to the Premiership for the first time in 2001, into the Heineken Cup twice, and lifting the Powergen Cup at Twickenham in 2005.

After a decade at the club, he left 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.

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“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,” added Davies.

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