Dwayne Peel reveals pull of Scarlets as double announcement made


Welsh rugby most controversial transfer of the 12 months has been accomplished with the information that Dwayne Peel has sealed his swap from Ulster to the Scarlets.

These are phrases that didn’t look as in the event that they might be written in December after Peel signed a three-year deal to hitch Cardiff Blues as senior coach, with the deal on account of take impact this coming July.

However the former Wales worldwide subsequently underwent a dramatic change of coronary heart which has seen him decide to resume hyperlinks with the group he represented with such distinction throughout his enjoying days.

The Blues, meantime, have introduced Matt Sherratt as an assistant coach, with the favored ex-Ospreys coach returning to the Arms Park, the place he made a beneficial impression throughout a stint there between 2016 and 2018.

Peel takes over as head coach on the Scarlets, with Glenn Delaney heading upstairs to a director of rugby function.

The mud, then, seems to have settled, to an extent, although a Blues press launch on Sherratt says his transfer “follows an settlement to launch Dwayne Peel, who just lately indicated his need to not honour a signed three-year contract, which was on account of begin in July 2021”.

Whether or not compensation has been paid from the Scarlets to the Blues over Peel isn’t clear, however it could be a shock if no settlement had been reached on that entrance.

Explaining why he’s heading dwelling, the Carmarthen-born Peel mentioned: “The Scarlets has at all times meant a large quantity to me and my household and I’m thrilled to be returning to my dwelling membership as head coach.

“I’ve been a part of some unimaginable events with the Scarlets throughout my time at Stradey and I do know everybody concerned with the membership has ambitions to be difficult repeatedly for silverware and competing with the highest sides in Europe.

“As a participant, I’ve skilled first hand the fervour of the Scarlets followers, there’s a particular bond between the supporters and the membership and I’m wanting ahead to seeing everybody again at Parc y Scarlets subsequent season.”

Scarlets chairman Scarlets govt chairman Simon Muderack mentioned: “It’s implausible information for Scarlets followers {that a} legend of the membership like Dwayne is coming dwelling. His excellent enjoying profession speaks for itself, however he has additionally turn into a widely-respected coach throughout spells with Bristol and extra just lately Ulster.

“Dwayne understands what the Scarlets is all about, he is aware of the ‘Scarlets Method’ and he’s massively enthusiastic about coming again to West Wales to take up this function within the teaching group.

“Dwayne’s appointment is a part of our long-term planning to additional strengthen our group off the sphere and I’m certain everybody related to the Scarlets will probably be excited by what he’ll convey. We want Dwayne nicely for his ultimate couple of months with Ulster and sit up for welcoming him again to the Scarlets in the summertime.”

Peel’s rethink got here after the teaching set-up modified on the Arms Park earlier this 12 months, with John Mulvihill leaving as head coach and Dai Younger coming in as interim director of rugby. It’s exhausting to state definitively what, if something, Peel had been promised with regards his place and job title by the Blues going ahead, nevertheless it wasn’t lengthy earlier than rumblings began to be heard that he is perhaps heading to the west of Wales fairly than the east.

Meantime, Sherratt heads again to the Arms Park.

The Blues had been sorry to see him go in 2018, with the likeable Englishman having turned down a two-year contract extension to pattern life with the Ospreys. He additionally fitted in a 12 months with Worcester Warriors after his spell in Swansea.

Sherratt will hyperlink up with Cardiff following the conclusion of Worcester Warriors’ Premiership season.

Cardiff Blues chief govt Richard Holland mentioned: “We’re completely delighted to welcome a coach of Matt’s calibre again to our set-up after the success he loved throughout his first stint right here.

“We had been disenchanted to see Matt go away in 2018, however he departed on good phrases and has maintained a robust relationship with us.

“He stays a massively widespread determine inside our group, embodies our cultural values and desires to be a part of Cardiff’s thrilling future. He’s additionally a wonderful coach, so this brings about an ideal answer to a state of affairs that was removed from ultimate.

“We sit up for welcoming Matt again in the summertime and want Worcester, whom we thank for his or her professionalism and integrity all through the method, all the easiest for the rest of their season.”

In his two seasons at Cardiff Blues, Sherratt was credited with getting a younger and thrilling back-line firing throughout Danny Wilson’s tenure as head coach.

This culminated within the European Problem Cup ultimate success in Bilbao in 2018, with the previous fly-half additionally instrumental in growing the likes of Tomos Williams, Jarrod Evans and Owen Lane, leaving a long-lasting impression within the Welsh capital.



Matt Sherratt throughout Cardiff Blues coaching

Sherratt added: “I totally loved my time at Cardiff beforehand and look again on it as a few of my most profitable and fondest instances within the sport.

“There is a gigantic quantity of expertise within the squad, with loads of room for additional enchancment, and I do know nearly all of gamers and workers very nicely.

“I really feel like I’m returning a greater coach, with the advantage of the additional experiences gained on the Ospreys and Worcester.

“I’ve huge respect for Dai, and we’ve got at all times obtained on nicely, so I’m wanting ahead to working with him as we enter a brand new, thrilling period.

“I wish to thank everybody at Worcester, who understood my resolution and have allowed it to occur.”

Peel is thought to be one of many most interesting gamers to have pulled on the Scarlets jersey having performed 151 matches throughout 9 seasons at Stradey Park.

Hailing from Tumble within the Gwendraeth Valley, Peel was capped 76 instances at scrum-half for Wales and was a Take a look at starter with the British & Irish Lions in New Zealand in 2005.

Following spells with Sale Sharks and Bristol, Peel hung up his enjoying boots to turn into a part of Bristol’s teaching group earlier than taking over a job as assistant coach with Ulster in 2017.

Peel’s appointment will see present head coach Glenn Delaney take up the place of director of rugby.

Dwayne Peel mentioned: “The Scarlets has at all times meant a large quantity to me and my household and I’m thrilled to be returning to my dwelling membership as head coach.

“I’ve been a part of some unimaginable events with the Scarlets throughout my time at Stradey and I do know everybody concerned with the membership has ambitions to be difficult repeatedly for silverware and competing with the highest sides in Europe.

“As a participant, I’ve skilled first hand the fervour of the Scarlets followers, there’s a particular bond between the supporters and the membership and I’m wanting ahead to seeing everybody again at Parc y Scarlets subsequent season.”



Add a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *