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Cardiff Rugby release statement following investigation into Dai Young 'bullying' allegations

BY Jack Tunney  ·  Monday Jul 24, 2023

On 20th April 2023, Cardiff Rugby made headlines when it suspended Dai Young, its esteemed Director of Rugby, following allegations of bullying. The news sent shockwaves through the rugby community and sparked widespread media attention. However, after an impartial investigation conducted by a barrister, the allegations were found to lack sufficient evidence, leading to the decision that no further action should be taken.

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Despite the exoneration, the strain caused by the investigation prompted a mutual agreement between Dai Young and Cardiff Rugby to terminate his employment contract. With this significant development, the club now embarks on a new chapter, thanking Dai Young for his contributions and preparing to appoint a successor and coaching team.

Dai Young’s suspension came as a shock to many, given his impressive track record and dedication to Cardiff Rugby. Allegations of bullying had surfaced, casting doubt on his tenure as Director of Rugby. However, Young consistently denied the allegations, maintaining his innocence throughout the process.

Mindful of its duty of care to all employees, Cardiff Rugby chose to commission an independent investigation, led by a barrister. The investigation was aimed at providing an unbiased assessment of the allegations, leaving no stone unturned to reveal the truth.

After a thorough and impartial process, the barrister’s findings were clear: there was insufficient evidence to support the allegations against Young. This vindication should have signaled a return to business as usual, but unfortunately, the investigation had taken its toll on the working relationship between Young and Cardiff Rugby.

In light of the situation and the strain caused, both parties came to a mutual agreement to terminate Young’s employment contract. This decision allowed for an amicable departure and the opportunity for both parties to move forward.

Cardiff Rugby acknowledged Young’s significant contributions to the club during his two-year tenure as Director of Rugby. Under his leadership, the club achieved notable success, culminating in the team finishing as the highest placed Welsh club in the United Rugby Championship. This achievement earned them a coveted return to the prestigious European Champions Cup.

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With the departure of Dai Young, Cardiff Rugby now sets its sights on a new era. The club has expressed its gratitude for his contributions and wished him the very best in his future endeavors. As they part ways, the club remains committed to maintaining its status as a prominent force in the rugby world.

Work will now commence on finding a successor to fill the crucial role of Director of Rugby. The process of appointing a new coaching team at the Arms Park is set to begin with 14 weeks remaining until the 2023-24 season kicks off.

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