Formerly banned coach Blake handed role at Wasps


Having served a six-month ban for breaching Rugby Football Union (RFU) anti-corruption and betting regulations, Phil Blake has been appointed defence coach at Wasps.

Blake was suspended in 2015 after being found to have bet on European Champions Cup and Premiership matches involving Leicester Tigers while employed by the club.

The former Australia defence and skills coach has been handed a new role with 2015-16 Premiership semi-finalists Wasps by director of rugby Dai Young.

"I'm really looking forward to working with Dai and his coaching team and to being part of something that is looking quite special," Blake said in a statement.

"Last season, it must have been very exciting for the players and fans and I hope I can make an impact in some small way and help this great club to flourish.

"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."

Dan Richmond, part of the coaching team that guided Argentina to the semi-finals of the Rugby World Cup last year, has been added as a forwards coach.