Cardiff Blues can confirm the coaching set up for 2008/09, which sees Justin Burnell join the Cardiff Blues as Forwards Coach.
Speaking of the appointment, Cardiff Blues Director of Rugby David Young said,
"Finally we've put all the pieces together. As always, negotiations take a bit of time, especially when those parties are in other jobs."
"I will remain as Director of Rugby. Justin Burnell will be our new Forwards Coach. Justin has come from the Blues Academy, having been the Director of the Academy for five years and has done an excellent job there."
"Also on his C.V. he's coached Wales Under 19's to the Grand Slam and fourth in the Junior FIRA World Cup. He has also coached Pontypridd and Cardiff RFC. He's obviously looking forward to his opportunity and I'm 100% confident he'll do a great job."
"When Richard Webster left a season ago we had trouble finding the right person to fill the role of Forwards Coach. We asked Dan Baugh to step out of his conditioning role to help out for one season, which is what happened, and he did extremely well. He was a great help to us last season but he wants to follow a career in conditioning. He joins Trystan Bevan and Chris Tombs in our conditioning team."
"We've already announced Bill Millard as our Backs Coach and Gareth Baber our new Skills Coach. These appointments round off our coaching team nicely and puts us in line with other coaching teams across Europe."
Cardiff Blues travel to Myreside on Friday to take on Edinburgh Rugby in a crucial Guinness PRO12 clash, and with Wales facing Scotland in the RBS 6 Nations at BT Murrayfield on Saturday, it promises to be a weekend of non-stop rugby action at the Scottish capital. Here are some useful advice to Cardiff Blues travelling supporters.
To celebrate the opening of the newly refurbished Guinness PRO12 Pack Bar, the world famous Irish brewer will be offering supporters free pints of the black stuff ahead of Saturday's clash with Ulster.
'TACKLE' - the first-ever joint community rugby initiative between the four professional teams in Wales has been launched (today Weds 19th October) bringing an inspiring new rugby education programme to young people in Communities First areas. Partners in the project were joined by Wales' star rugby internationals Sam Warburton (Cardiff Blues), Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys), Gareth Davies (Scarlets) and Hallam Amos (Newport Gwent Dragons), for the launch at Aberdare Community School.
The Welsh Rugby Union, together with Pro Rugby Wales, has secured significantly improved insurance cover for all registered players, coaches and referees at each of its member clubs and regions at reduced costs -working with Aon, one of the world's largest insurance brokers and risk advisors.