Director of Rugby
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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 and a seventh placed finish in 2013/14 and a sixth placed finish last season.
Phil Blake joined the Wasps coaching team ahead of the 2016/17 campaign.
Blake, who most recently coached in the Aviva Premiership with Leicester Tigers, enjoyed an impressive playing career in rugby league between 1982 and 1997, representing Manly-Warringah, South Sydney, North Sydney, Canberra Raiders, St. George Warrington, Wigan and Auckland Warriors.
Having started his coaching career in league with South Sydney Rabbitohs, Blake made the transition to union in 2006, as assistant coach for Southern Districts. In 2010, he led Manly to the Shute Shield Semi Finals as head coach and then enjoyed a spell coaching Western Force before re-joining Manly.
He was appointed Leicester Tigers defence coach in June 2014, but incurred a six-month ban from rugby the following year for breaching RFU betting rules. The suspension has been served and Blake is able to start afresh with Wasps as they embark on the 2016/17 Aviva Premiership campaign.
Lee Blackett joined Wasps last season from Rotherham Titans where he was Head Coach for the last two seasons. Blackett replaced Stephen Jones who has returned to Llanelli Scarlets.
The Chester-born coach has achieved great success with Rotherham Titans over recent seasons. Helping them to consecutive Championship play-off semi-finals.
The 32-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!)
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 Lions on their 2005 tour of New Zealand.
Titterrell initially joined Wasps in July 2014 as a strength and conditioning coach after retiring. The Dartford born coach later completed a Masters in Strength and Conditioning at St Mary’s University, Twickenham.
The 34-year-old has since become an Assistant Forwards Coach with Wasps.