Gloucester Rugby's off field rebuilding process ahead of the 2014-15 season is all but complete with the news today that Laurie Fisher has been appointed as the club's new Head Coach.
Fisher's arrival from the UC Brumbies is the latest in a line of new faces behind the scenes at Kingsholm, following the announcements of Director of Rugby David Humphreys, Defence Coach John Muggleton and Backs & Attacks Coach Nick Walshe.
The 56 year old will move from his current position of Director of Rugby at the Brumbies, a role he has held since 2012.
Initially appointed as Head Coach of the Brumbies Academy, he became Forwards Coach under David Nucifora and then took over as Head Coach between 2005 and 2008.
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 and helping them to achieve their potential, Fisher will be a perfect fit for Gloucester's young squad.
CEO Stephen Vaughan confirmed that the search for Gloucester Rugby's new Head Coach had been an extensive one but that he's 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 have strived to find the right person.
"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."
Speaking after the game, Charlie Sharples described it as 'the win that has eluded us.' The winger stressed that Gloucester had stayed positive after the first couple of weeks of the Aviva Premiership season and the 26-13 victory over Sale was a result of that focus.
Gloucester Rugby picked up their first win of the new Aviva Premiership season on Friday night, easing to a 26-13 win on the road at Sale Sharks. Director of Rugby David Humphreys was full of praise for his players on the night.
Defence Coach Jonny Bell was on media duties ahead of the Aviva Premiership fixture at Sale Sharks on Friday evening, and spoke about where Gloucester find themselves in terms of their form at the moment as well as how he's viewing their defensive displays so far.
Callum Braley, who skippered Gloucester United to a 22-19 Aviva Premiership A League win over Saracens Storm on Monday evening, paid tribute to his forwards and the younger players in what he described as not the prettiest of wins.
Wednesday evening saw the launch of the Cherry and White Wednesday show on the Drivetime programme on BBC Radio Gloucestershire, with Henry Trinder live in the studio to kick off a regular weekly slot.
Gloucester Wheelchair Rugby Club hosted their second invitational tournament on Sunday 18th September. Teams from the South Wales Ospreys, the Southampton Sharks, Stoke Mandeville Maulers and the West Country Hawks travelled to Leisure @ in Cheltenham and played a 'round robin' sequence of games.
Kingsholm will play host to the inaugural Mitsubishi Motors Hybrid Cup on Sunday 9 October (kick off 3pm), where the Gloucester Rugby Heroes meet the Salford Red Devils Legends in a cross-code exhibition clash with legends of both games set to grace the Kingsholm turf again.