Dai Young leaves Cardiff Rugby despite being cleared of ‘bullying’ claims | Rugby Union News

Young was suspended from his post at Cardiff in April as the club investigated allegations of bullying against him; Young left Cardiff after serving the club in various capacities and roles since 1988.

Last Updated: 24/07/23 1:46 PM

Dai Young steps down as Cardiff’s director of rugby

Dai Young has left his role as director of rugby at Cardiff after being cleared following an investigation into claims of bullying.

The former Wales international was suspended from his position in April while an independent investigation into the allegations was carried out.

During that process relations became “strained” between Young and the club, with whom he has had an association of more than three decades since his debut as a player in 1988.

The 55-year-old played with the club for eight years in two separate spells (he crossed the rugby league code in 1990 for a then world record fee of £150,000) and also served as head coach twice during his tenure at Wasps.

A statement from Cardiff said: “As has been widely reported in the media, on 20 April 2023, Dai Young was suspended from his role as director of rugby by Cardiff Rugby following allegations of bullying, which he categorically denied.

“Given the nature of these allegations and bearing in mind their duty of care to all staff, Cardiff Rugby appointed a barrister to conduct an independent investigation.

“After a thorough process, the barristers concluded that there was not sufficient evidence to support the allegations and that no further action should be taken in relation to them.

“Unfortunately, this process has caused a strain on the working relationship between Cardiff Rugby and Dai Young.

“In these circumstances, regrettably it has been mutually agreed by the parties to terminate the midwife’s employment contract in accordance with the terms which allow for early termination.

“Cardiff Rugby would like to thank Dai for his latest contribution to the club during the past two years, which culminated in the club being the highest-placed Welsh club in the United Rugby Championship, ensuring a return to the European Champions Cup. We wish Dai all the best for whatever the future holds.”

“Now with 14 weeks to go before the start of the 2023-24 season, work will begin on appointing a successor and coaching team at Arms Park.”

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