Wilson relishing Wales coaching stint

Date published: December 24 2016

Cardiff head coach Danny Wilson is excited to be part of Wales’ backroom staff on their tour to the Pacific Islands in June 2017.

The Blues boss, his attack coach Matt Sherratt and Scarlets backs coach Stephen Jones will join tour head coach Robin McBryde for the two-Test series, alongside Wales’ existing squad management.

Wilson feels the chance to work with Wales’ Test squad will help to improve both he and Sherratt’s coaching skills.

“It’s a great opportunity and I think we [Sherratt and I] will both come back as better coaches,” he told the Six Nations website.

“[It] will hopefully benefit Cardiff Blues as well. It was an honour to be asked. I’m not thinking about anything at the moment other than doing my job here at Cardiff Blues and at the end of the season I’ll start thinking about the tour and the opportunity that presents.”

Wilson revealed that it was not an easy decision to join the Wales set-up for the tour, which will see them take on Samoa and Tonga, and he took some time before making up his mind.

“It was more a discussion with my wife than anything else because it falls during our time off when we’re away from Cardiff Blues, but it’s a great opportunity for me,” he added.

“We’ll also be organising pre-season so it’ll be a busy time. But for me personally, with where I am with my career, it was a great opportunity I wanted to take with both hands, and also I hope I’ll come back to Cardiff Blues better for the experience.”