Gareth Baber and Justin Burnell in charge of Blues

Justin Burnell and Dai Young
Justin Burnell was one of Dai Young's assistants

Dai Young's former assistants at Cardiff Blues, Gareth Baber and Justin Burnell, have been placed in charge of the team.

The move comes in the wake of Young's decision to take over at English Premiership club Wasps.

Paul Tito continues as captain while Blues chief Robert Norster confirmed they are involved in legal action over compensation for Young's move.

But Baber and Burnell's positions will be reviewed after the 2011 World Cup.

At that time in the autumn coaches such as Wales assistants Robert Howley and Robin McBryde, Russia boss Kingsley Jones plus a host of World Cup bosses could become candidates to take over at Cardiff City Stadium.

In the meantime the Blues hope to resolve their differences with Wasps and Young over his appointment at Adams Park.

Norster said: "Since the very beginning, Dai Young has been an integral cornerstone of the Blues Region and is naturally someone we will all miss.

"On behalf of everyone at the Blues and indeed as a friend, I would publicly like to thank him for his significant contribution to the cause and wish him well with all he undertakes in his future career.

Gareth Baber
Baber played for Cardiff, Bristol, Pontypridd and Newport Gwent Dragons

"Whilst understanding such role changes will rarely be seamless, we very much hope that Dai and his new employers will eventually recognise the need to respect and address the existing contractual position with Cardiff Blues.

"It is of course disappointing for all parties that events now appear to be taking a legal course which will prevent further comment at this time."

Norster says the Blues' decision to give Burnell and Baber the reins is a chance for the duo to make their mark.

He said: "It is a great opportunity for two young aspiring Welsh coaches to put their plans forward and gain greater experience and is a move that is supported by the playing squad who have already been pro-actively engaged in the scheduling of the season's preparations.

"The very nature of the professional game for any individual or team is the management of change and recent events have created for us opportunities as well as challenges that we must all rise to meet."

Former Pontypridd, Treorchy, Bridgend and Neath back-row forward Burnell said: "It is a great opportunity for both Gareth and myself.

"We have worked together for the last five years at the Blues academy, the [Welsh] Premiership and the senior Blues team and now we get the chance to capitalise on all that hard work and we relish the prospect."

Baber, a former Cardiff, Bristol, Pontypridd and Newport Gwent Dragons scrum-half, said: "The decision to provide this opportunity for Justin and myself maintains continuity and is a positive reflection on the coaching structure and environment we have all worked hard to establish to this point."

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