Thu 3 Nov 2022 | 11:10

Scarlets snap up 'out of work' Wasps coach

Scarlets snap up 'out of work' Wasps coach
Thu 3 Nov 2022 | 11:10
Scarlets snap up 'out of work' Wasps coach
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NEWS: The former coach of English crisis club Wasps has joined the staff of Welsh regional side Scarlets for the rest of the season.

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Lee Blackett was one of 167 players and staff made redundant after Wasps, the four-time Premiership and twice European champions, went into administration on October 17.

The 39-year-old, who joins Dwayne Peel’s coaching team as backs and skills coach, said in a Scarlets statement: “When Dwayne reached out to me for a discussion about the backs and skills coach role at the Scarlets, I was delighted.

“Our rugby philosophies are well aligned and I am very excited to play a part in what Dwayne is developing.”

Peel welcomed Blackett’s arrival by saying: “He is a highly respected backs and attack coach who did a great job in a similar role with Wasps.”

England’s governing Rugby Football Union announced last month Wasps would be relegated from the Premiership after entering administration.

Wasps were hit by a winding-up order from tax authorities for an unpaid bill of £2-million (US$2.25-million and they also faced having to repay a £35 million bond that had helped finance the club’s relocation to Coventry during 2014.

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But Wasps’ joint administrators said last week they had accepted an offer to purchase the club.

 

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