Former Ireland Coach In Talks To Take Over At Cardiff Blues

Wanted man.

Cardiff Blues have held talks with former Ireland forwards coach Gert Smal about becoming their next boss, according to a report today by WalesOnline.

Smal, who was also part of the Springbok set-up when they won the 2007 Rugby World Cup, was interviewed by Blues chief executive Richard Holland this month. He also won a Grand Slam alongside Declan Kidney during his time with Ireland.

Current Cardiff head coach Danny Wilson is set to depart the Welsh region at the end of the current season,in favour of a move to Premiership side Wasps.

The search for his successor has been ongoing, with former Ireland fullback and current Leicester Tigers coach Geordan Murphy also said to have held talks with the PRO14 side.

Smal currently works as Director of Rugby with Super Rugby franchise Western Province, a role he has held since 2014. The report suggests Smal is in “advanced negotiations” with the Welsh side and should they secure his services it would be seen as a significant coup.