Bennett backs regional coaches

Date published: December 20 2016

Regional coaches in Wales will benefit from accompanying the national team on their Pacific Islands tour in 2017, says former fly-half Phil Bennett.

Talks have reportedly been held between the Wales Rugby Union and three coaches to join Wales for the tour. BBC Wales reports Scarlets coach Stephen Jones, Ospreys coach Steve Tandy and Cardiff Blues coach Danny Wilson are possible candidates to join up with the national team.

“I’m all for some of these coaches going,” Bennett told BBC Radio Wales Sport.

“I think it’s a good idea to get some of our regional boys there, as a reward if you like because they are working their socks off. There’s good men like Steve Tandy, Danny Wilson at the Blues, Kingsley Jones at the Dragons.

“Stephen’s an outstanding coach, learning every day. Stephen’s going to be one of the top coaches in Wales. If we take one or two of those away because we’re missing coaches on the tour, they will learn from it, benefit from it and become better coaches.”

The trio could work with Robin McBryde for the series against Tonga and Samoa although WRU chairman Gareth Davies did not confirm talks are ongoing.

Wales will be without Warren Gatland and interim coach Rob Howley for that tour since both will be involved with the British and Irish Lions in New Zealand.