Rugby: Woodman agrees to stay at Gloucester

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GLOUCESTER have confirmed that Trevor Woodman has agreed a deal to remain as the club's scrum coach.

Woodman, who played for the club between 1995 and 2004 and won a World Cup winner's medal with England in 2003, returned to Kingsholm in March this year.

That role was initially until the end of the 2013-14 season, but Woodman is the latest to commit to the new-look coaching staff following the announcements that David Humphreys, Laurie Fisher, John Muggleton and Nick Walshe are all joining the club.

Following the conclusion of his playing career, Woodman immediately set about building an impressive coaching CV.

He moved to Australia where he initially worked with Sydney University before taking on the role of national scrum coach with the Australian Rugby Union.

Woodman's next career move saw him return to England when he undertook the role of forwards coach at London Wasps, a position he held for four years before returning to Gloucester last season.

His coaching approach had a big impact upon Gloucester's scrummaging in the last couple of months of the 2013-14 season, and 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.

Woodman said: "I'm really pleased to be staying with Gloucester. 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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