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Carl DouglasThe Welsh Rugby Union have recruited one of English rugby’s leading age-group coaches to nurture the Wales stars of the future.

Carl Douglas moves from his current role as development and academy manager for the Premier Rugby organisation to become a rugby development manager with the WRU.

It will be his job to direct the player pathway from childhood through to the elite representative level.

The 44-year-old, who has 10 years experience at the top end of the professional game in England, is the first senior appointment announced by the new WRU head of rugby performance and development Joe Lydon.

Douglas has worked extensively with current international players who have come through the academy process in England, having been academy manager at both Leicester and Gloucester after completing seven years as assistant coach at Worcester.

Lydon said: “Carl is an exceptionally talented and committed professional who will bring renewed dynamism and focus to the great team we have in place here in Wales.

“Fantastic work is taking place right now which builds on the strong foundations of the past, but we must refine our processes and structures to embrace best practice and remain at the forefront of player and coach development.

“Carl is the right man to ensure we identify a clear vision of where we must get to and how we achieve excellence in these areas.

“He will focus an enormous amount of his energy on the community game and the schools game to ensure that the building blocks of Welsh rugby are all in the right place.

“Carl shares my certainty that Wales boasts young players with incredible raw talent.

Source: Wales on-line, 27 March 2009

“We have a mission to ensure we build on the philosophy of a player and coach-centred model, one that ensures every one of them has the opportunity to achieve their full potential,” added Lydon.


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