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 to GRTV after the game, Backs Coach Tim Taylor was happy with the squad as they cruised to victory over Treviso. The result wasn't in doubt, but the Cherry and Whites laboured to secure a crucial try bonus point.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester Rugby centre Matt Scott is excited to take the field again as the Cherry and Whites look to build on the win in Bayonne when Treviso come to Kingsholm this Saturday.
Defence Coach Jonny Bell admitted this week that the European Rugby Challenge Cup victory in Bayonne was a welcome one, stressed that Benetton Treviso will pose a tough test on Saturday at Kingsholm but that Gloucester are determined to deliver in front of their own fans.
Motu Matu'u is looking to make up for lost time this week as the Cherry and Whites head to Basque Country to take on Bayonne in the European Rugby Challenge Cup opener. The Samoan hooker made his first appearance in the jersey last weekend, and is hoping to contribute to the team this weekend.
Gloucester's attentions turn to Europe this weekend as they travel to Bayonne for their opening fixture of this season's European Rugby Challenge Cup. Forwards Coach Trevor Woodman told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will be aiming to top their pool as they've done for the past two seasons, but is well aware of how tough it is to win in France.
Although understandably disappointed at seeing victory slip away at the last minute, Ben Morgan said after the game at Exeter that there were plenty of positives that Gloucester could take from the game.
Speaking after a last-gasp try from Exeter earned the Chiefs a 27-27 draw at Sandy Park on Saturday, Charlie Sharples admitted to mixed feelings. The game saw him score a try on his 200th competitive appearance for the club, but the frustration from not closing out the win was clear.
Gloucester made it two wins from two outings in this season's European Rugby Challenge Cup as they outplayed Benetton Treviso at Kingsholm to win by 37 points to 8, the bonus point try coming with the final play of the game.