It has been a decent season so far for the Cardiff Blues. They have recorded six wins and eight losses in the Guinness PRO14 thus far which leaves them fourth in Conference A, 12 points behind the Cheetahs who make up the final playoff spot.
They strolled to the top of their Pool in the Challenge Cup ahead of Toulouse, Sale Sharks and Lyon and now await an away clash with Edinburgh in the quarter-finals.
Off the pitch, things haven’t been so good. Head coach Danny Wilson has decided not to renew his contract at the end of the season, instead, taking up a position with Premiership heavyweights Wasps as their new forwards coach.
As a result, the club have been on the lookout for someone to take the reins ahead of next season and it was previously understood that Geordan Murphy was the front-runner for the position in addition to Chris Boyd who has opted to take charge of the Northampton Saints from next season.
According to WalesOnline, it now appears that former Ireland forwards coach and current Stormers Director of Rugby, Gert Smal, is now the most likely candidate. Smal spent six years working with Declan Kidney as they guided Ireland to a historic Grand Slam in 2009.
According to the report, Smal has held conversations with Blues chief executive Richard Holland this month.
The Blues will want to announce an appointment sooner rather than later so they can begin planning for next season.