Strength of character
Dai Young told the Rugby Club about his hopes for Wasps - and proving Will Greenwood wrong!
Last Updated: 23/09/11 1:14pm
The Rugby Club caught up with new Wasps boss Dai Young to see how he is settling into life in the Premiership.
The former Wales captain spent nine years at Cardiff Blues before signing a four year-deal with the London Wasps.
And Young, who played rugby league for Leeds and Salford, insists he has always wanted to challenge himself.
"As a player I wanted to experience playing in other environments and wanted to test myself in other leagues and in other sports - that is why I went to league," said Young.
"I also think that if you want to be a rounded coach then you need to experience coaching in different leagues and different environments.
"I am enjoying living in London and spending time on my own because no one talks to you! You get a good welcome here - it's like being in Cardiff after you have lost a game," joked Young.
The former prop also revealed that his approach as a player has to differ from that as a coach and he has to adapt to what strengths he has at his disposal.
"My philosophy as a prop is different to my philosophy as a coach, explained Young.
"I would love to scrummage teams to death - I want to kick the corners and drive all the lineouts. However at Wasps I don't think we have quite got the arsenal in our ranks to do that.
"We have got some very good rugby players and we have got a lot of gas behind, so my philosophy has to be to play to our strengths.
"The players who have been at Wasps for a long time welcomed the change and I think they felt that they needed the change. As well as that they have not forgotten what made this club successful. If you pull that together with the new players who want to make their mark - well it is a good blend."
After several lacklustre seasons, Young's ambition is to take the former double Heineken Cup winners back to the top, however he is well aware that it will be a long hard road.
"The board and the owner know that this is not going to happen overnight. I have not got a magic wand.
"The first two games were great but we came back down to earth with a bump against Sale. I thought we were exposed in areas where we knew we had challenges.
"You have got to recognise where your problem areas are and try to shore them up. You can either bring in a new personnel or you work hard at it."
Young also reacted to the news that Will Greenwood has tipped Wasps as relegation candidates.
"Was that before or after he got his little Tintin quiff," laughed Young.
"At the end of the day it is up to us to move forward - people are entitled to their opinion and it is up to us to prove him wrong, and I will take pleasure in doing that."