RUGBY: Trevor Woodman keeps coaching place at Kingsholm

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Gloucester RFC Gloucester RFC

TREVOR WOODMAN will continue his role as scrum coach at Gloucester Rugby next season as part of the new-look backroom team.

The popular Woodman, who played for the club between 1995 and 2004 and who also won a World Cup winners medal with England in 2003, joined the coaching staff at Kingsholm in March.

That role was initially until the end of the 2013-14 season, but Woodman will continue under new director of rugby David Humphreys.

Woodman's coaching approach had a big impact upon Gloucester's scrummaging in the last couple of months of the 2013-14 season, and he told the club website that he's looking forward to building on that work in a capacity that also allows him to continue in his role as Sports Ambassador at Cheltenham College.

"I'm really pleased to be staying with Gloucester," said Woodman. "A lot has happened at the club over the past few weeks, but we've added some quality individuals to the coaching team. I'm delighted to be involved and that I can maintain my involvement with Cheltenham College.

"No-one was satisfied with how we performed last year, and that's providing extra motivation for everyone as we prepare for next season. We know where we want to be and we're working hard to achieve that.

"I'm particularly looking forward to working with Laurie Fisher, whose background speaks for itself. He's achieved big things wherever he has coached and I think we'll make a good team.

"The squad is looking strong as a whole, but it's now a question of getting everyone to realise their undoubted potential and helping Gloucester to move onwards and upwards."

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