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Wasps recruit ex-Tiger Blake as defence coach

2:05 PM GMT

Wasps have brought in former Leicester coach Phil Blake as their new defence supremo.

Blake, who has served the six-month ban he was handed in 2015 for breaching RFU betting rules, left the Tigers in 2015 but brings with him a wealth of experience having coached at the Wallabies, Western Force and in league.

“I’m really looking forward to working with Dai [Young] and his coaching team and to being part of something that is looking quite special,” Blake said. “I’m excited about being involved in the Premiership and European Champions Cup again.

“The ban was well documented. It was a horrible period in my life, which I will always regret. I made a mistake, which I’ve learned from, and you just have to forge a way forward, move on and never repeat it.

“I feel fortunate to have this opportunity from Dai and am looking forward to the brief he has given me. There are really good foundations for the club to build on after the team reached two semifinals, but from speaking to Dai and knowing where the club wants to get to, that’s hopefully just the start of it.

“Everyone will want to keep moving forward, to progress to finals and hopefully to silverware. That won’t be easy, it will be a lot of hard work, but I’m sure everyone will be up for the challenge.”

Blake replaces the now Ospreys coach Brad Davis while Wasps coach Dai Young has also brought in ex-Northampton Saints forward Dan Richmond to work alongside Andy Titterrell who has been handed a full-time role at the club.

“To be able to bring in a coach of Phil’s knowledge and ability is really pleasing,” Young said. “Phil is a highly-rated coach within both league and union circles and I am sure his experience will be a beneficial addition to our relatively young coaching group. We’re looking forward to welcoming him on board and to seeing him build on the good work Brad [Davis] has done here over the past couple of years.

“I am also really pleased that Dan Richmond became available and we are looking forward to adding him to our coaching ranks in a full-time role. He is building an impressive reputation as a scrum and lineout coach and has bags of potential.

“He’s done a really good job in his consultancy work with Worcester and Sale, who had one of the best scrums in the Premiership last season, so you can see the positive impact he’s had there working alongside Steve Diamond.”

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