CIRENCESTER RFC have appointed a new coaching team – Kevin Powderly and his assistant Adam Seager – to succeed Dean Hammett who moves to the rugby chairman role after five seasons in charge.

Kevin’s previous roles include coaching London Scottish, Cheltenham North and Taunton. He has also held roles at

Gloucester and Hartpury College and has been involved with representative teams for the GRFU and the RFU.

In addition, Kevin has worked with Great Britain Students, Oxford University. Cheltenham College and the Royal Agricultural

University in Cirencester and hopes to re-establish links between the RAU and CRFC.

Adam is a former player for Cirencester, Stroud and most recently Old Patesians. He hopes to combine the roles of player-coach.

Following a disappointing season in 2013/14, the aim in the forthcoming Gloucester Premier campaign will be

promotion back to Western Counties North and a successful run in the RFU Senior Vase.

Cirencester chairman Tim Thompson said: “The selection panel was looking for someone with Kevin's experience, while Adam is a Cirencester lad and his continued enthusiasm for the game is infectious and that rubs off on other players.

"Everyone was disappointed with the results from 2013/14 and the appointment of Kevin and Adam is made with an eye to having CRFC perform much more consistently and to a higher standard in the league."

The two new coaches meet up with the senior squad for the first time at a players' meeting at the clubhouse on Thursday, June 26.

Pre-season training starts on Tuesday, July 1 at 7pm.

All players are encouraged to come to both the players' meeting and pre-season training.

Cirencester will kick off the 2014/15 campaign with a couple of pre-season friendlies which will be announced shortly.

Their league campaign starts with a visit to St. Mary’s Old Boys on Saturday, September 13.