RUGBY: Laurie Fisher appointed head coach at Kingsholm

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Gloucester RFC Gloucester RFC

GLOUCESTER have completed their off-the-field team under new director of rugby David Humphreys with Laurie Fisher taking the key post of head coach.

Last week John Muggleton and Nick Walshe were added to the coaching staff.

Fisher, 56, will move from his current position of director of rugby at top Aussie side UC Brumbies, a role he has held since 2012.

Widely regarded as one of the professional game’s foremost authorities on forwards play, Fisher has recently overseen the transformation of the UC Brumbies pack into one of the most impressive in Super Rugby.

With a reputation for developing young players, Fisher will be a perfect fit for Gloucester’s young squad.

CEO Stephen Vaughan was delighted to get his man.

"Understandably, there has been massive interest in the role over the past few weeks, and we have left no stone unturned as we worked to find the right person," said Vaughan.

“However, once we spoke with Laurie and exchanged ideas and presented our vision of where we want to take the club, it was immediately apparent that this was a great fit. We’re absolutely thrilled that he’ll be joining us at Kingsholm as part of the new coaching set-up.

“He deservedly enjoys a reputation as one of the shrewdest minds in world rugby, an individual who has continually sought to improve himself and his coaching methods. The references and feedback we have had regarding Laurie from high quality people that have worked with him have been very impressive indeed.

“That has been reflected in what he has achieved over the years with both the UC Brumbies and Munster. The number of young players he has coached to achieve great things within the game are too many to mention.

“It’s been an incredibly hectic few weeks at the club, but we’re delighted with the make-up of the playing squad and coaching staff as we look ahead.

“A lot of hard work lies ahead before we kick off the new season and a number of new faces will need time to blend, but I believe we are putting the essential building blocks in place to fulfil our long term goal of sustained success for the club.”

Muggleton, 54, also moves from Australia to fulfil the role of defence coach, a post he most recently held at Melbourne Rebels.

Muggleton was defence coach with the Wallabies for 10 years, his time in the post covering the Rugby World Cup triumph in 1999 and a series victory over the British and Irish Lions.

Walshe, 39, joins as the new backs and attack coach having recently caught the eye as the coach to the England U20s side which lifted the IRB Junior World Championship title for the first time in 2013, and then successfully defended their championship last month in New Zealand.

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