Delaney is the current defence coach at Parc Y Scarlets but will step up when Brad Mooar departs to join the All Blacks at the end of the season. “Since the news was confirmed that Brad was linking up with the All Blacks we have had a huge amount of interest in the post from all over the world,” said Scarlets general manager for rugby Jon Daniels.
“The head coach at the Scarlets is a sought-after position, with Brad and previously Wayne (Pivac) having progressed to the international stage. We have built a strong reputation based on the stability of our environment and the quality of players we have here.
“We have done our due diligence on all the candidates and it was Glenn who came through as the man to continue this journey we have started with Brad. Glenn has proven himself as a number one, having coached in England with London Irish and Nottingham and leading Canterbury to a Mitre 10 Cup title.
“He is also hugely respected and comes with glowing endorsements from a number of leading figures in the game who we have spoken to. Glenn has made a big impact in helping Brad and the rest of the coaching team put things in place here over the last six or seven months and having spoken to the players, they are fully behind his appointment.”
Delaney has a wealth of experience having coached Nottingham, London Irish, Canterbury and the Highlanders prior to arriving in Llanelli. The New Zealander has already made a huge impact in west Wales and is very popular with the Scarlets players. “I am delighted to be carrying on what we have started,” said Delaney.
“We have put together a programme this year that has put us in a position where we want to be. It is obviously very exciting for me and my family and I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to lead a fabulous region with a huge history.
“We are all very respectful about what has gone before and optimistic and excited about what the future holds.” With continuity a key factor, Delaney added: “We are really happy with how the programme is running and we want to continue in the same vein.
“We are enjoying working with this group of lads. They are really challenging and vibrant; they are enjoying the work and we are too. We want to make sure that is at the centre of what we are doing while challenging for every competition we are in.
“We are blessed. We have got some wonderfully experienced players and some wonderfully talented young players. The job is to ensure the next generation of players are able to emulate what the current generation are delivering.
“That is a big part of what we are about as a coaching group from the academy right the way up.”