Gloucester Rugby are delighted to confirm 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 who also won a World Cup winners medal with England in 2003, returned to Kingsholm in March this year to take on the role of Scrum Coach.
That role was initially until the end of the 2013-14 season, but Woodman is now 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 told the club website today 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. 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."
With such a short turnaround between the two games, and Gloucester looking to reintegrate several players into the line-up after the Autumn international series, Tom Savage told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will keep changes to a minimum for the European Rugby Challenge Cup game in Zebre on Saturday.
Gloucester travel to Italy this weekend to take on Zebre in Round Four of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. The Cherry and Whites defeated the Italian side 35-10 last Sunday, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys is looking for an improved performance in the return fixture.
Skipper Billy Twelvetrees, speaking to GRTV after the 35-10 over Zebre, was happy with the bonus point win over the Italian side but admitted Gloucester will need to tighten up for the return fixture in Parma.
Matt Kvesic was a try scorer and recipient of the Man of the Match award in Sunday's 35-10 European Rugby Challenge Cup win over Zebre. He praised the Italian side for their spirited opposition and admitted that next week's return game will be a tough one.