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THE Scar­lets have com­pleted their coach­ing team for next sea­son with the ap­point­ment of Richard Whif­fin as as­sis­tant at­tack coach.

Whif­fin has been head coach of the Glouces­ter Academy for the last two years and is part of the Eng­land Un­der-20s coach­ing team for the Ju­nior World Cham­pi­onships in Ar­gentina next month. He will link up with the Scar­lets when he re­turns from South Amer­ica.

He will be among a five-strong se­nior coach­ing team at Parc y Scar­lets that will be headed up by Brad Mooar and also in­cludes Ioan Cunningham (for­wards), Glenn De­laney (de­fence) and Dai Flana­gan (backs).

Whif­fin had more than a decade at Lon­don Ir­ish where he started as an an­a­lyst and moved on to be­come at­tack coach, work­ing with fu­ture Eng­land in­ter­na­tion­als Jonathan Joseph and An­thony Watson and along­side De­laney dur­ing the New Zealan­der’s spell with the Ex­iles. Dur­ing that time he also worked with the Eng­land Sax­ons.

He joined the Glouces­ter Academy in 2016 and was pro­moted to head of academy a year later.

At the start of this sea­son he was brought on board as at­tack coach with Eng­land Un­der-20s.

“I am re­ally ex­cited by this op­por­tu­nity,” he said. “I have heard a lot of good things from others coaches about Brad and know­ing the way the Cru­saders play and also the his­tory, the DNA of the Scar­lets and the brand of rugby they play, I think that will dove­tail nicely.

“The Scar­lets have been the stan­dard bear­ers of Welsh rugby in re­cent years and I am look­ing for­ward to the op­por­tu­nity of work­ing with the mix­ture of British and Ir­ish Lions, Wales in­ter­na­tion­als and an ex­cit­ing group of young­sters that the Scar­lets have in their group.

“I have a tight re­la­tion­ship with Glenn, I know Dai (Flana­gan) well through the academy and 20s and am look­ing for­ward to get­ting to know all the coach­ing team when I ar­rive af­ter Ar­gentina.

“The PRO14 will of­fer a dif­fer­ent chal­lenge to Premier­ship rugby and the chance to test my wits against coaches from dif­fer­ent na­tion­al­i­ties week in, week out is an ex­cit­ing prospect. I can’t wait to get started.”

Scar­lets gen­eral man­ager of rugby Jon Daniels said: “Richard’s ap­point­ment com­pletes our coach­ing team for next sea­son and we are hugely ex­cited about the ex­pe­ri­ence and tal­ent we have in the group.

“Richard is a highly-re­garded coach. He lives in Cardiff and has been on the Welsh radar for some time. The fact that he was called into the Eng­land Un­der-20s set-up high­lights his qual­ity.

“We look for­ward to wel­com­ing him to Parc y Scar­lets once he re­turns from Ar­gentina.”

Richard Whif­fin.

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