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.
Commenting on his move to the Scarlets, he said: “I am really excited by this opportunity. 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.”
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