Player

Dai Young - Prop

Dai Young
Height185
Weight117
Date Of Birth26/07/1967
Place Of BirthAberdare
EducationAberdare Comprehensive School
ClubsCardiff, Salford Red Devils, Leeds Rhinos, Swansea
HonoursWales, British and Irish Lions, Wales A, Wales RL, Wales B, Wales Schools
InvitationalBarbarians
ManagedWasps, Barbarians, Cardiff Blues, Cardiff
Dai Young was born in Aberdare in 1967 and lived in Penywaun for many years. His early career was spent at Swansea where he played 42 games between 1985 and 1988. It was expected that even though only 19 he would be selected for Wales in the inaugural Rugby World Cup in Australia. Having not been selected he travelled to Australia for the summer to play for Northern Suburbs. Fate took a hand and when Wales suffered injuries in the group stages of the competition Young was on the right side of the world to be called up to the Wales squad and make his debut against England in the Quarter finals, the first of a record 51 Wales caps for a prop. In 1988 he joined Cardiff and played 33 times over the next two seasons, ending his first season at Cardiff with a Lions call up.
At the end of the following season Rugby League came calling and he was signed by Leeds for £150,000 – a record fee at the time and he later played for Salford. When Wales played in the 1995 Rugby League World Cup the captain was Dai Young.
With Rugby Union becoming professional in 1995 the way was clear for Young to return to the Union ranks and he re- signed with Cardiff in 1996, playing another 106 games for the Blue and Blacks before his retirement. In 1997 he was a Lion once again and a similar selection four years later meant that David Young had become the only player to have played for the famous tourists in three separate decades.
On his retirement from playing Dai went into coaching and took over the reins at the Blues before leaving to continue and forge a successful career in the English Premiership at Wasps.
SEASON P W D L TRY CON PEN DG PTS
1988-1989 17 10 3 4 0 0 0 0 0
1989-1990 16 11 0 5 3 0 0 0 12
1996-1997 16 11 0 5 0 0 0 0 0
1997-1998 20 14 1 5 1 0 0 0 5
1998-1999 18 15 0 3 1 0 0 0 5
1999-2000 11 8 0 3 1 0 0 0 5
2000-2001 13 9 0 4 1 0 0 0 5
2001-2002 20 13 1 6 0 0 0 0 0
2002-2003 8 3 0 5 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 139 94 5 40 7 0 0 0 32
TEAM P W D L PF PA PTS
Merthyr 23 18 0 5 651 393 91
Cardiff 23 18 1 4 696 469 89
Pontypridd 21 16 0 5 730 374 79
Llandovery 24 16 1 7 652 408 79
Newport 25 15 2 8 629 551 77
Ebbw Vale 24 16 1 7 541 423 76
Aberavon 22 14 2 6 485 415 69
Swansea 24 13 0 11 537 451 65
Rygbi Gogledd Cymru 1404 22 11 1 10 552 456 64
Carmarthen Quins 25 11 1 13 526 469 61
Bedwas 24 8 1 15 515 667 43
Bridgend Ravens 22 8 0 14 427 517 43
Llanelli 25 7 1 17 503 632 40
Cross Keys 23 5 1 17 464 734 34
Bargoed 23 4 0 19 400 756 22
Neath 24 1 0 23 350 943 3