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."
Previewing Friday evening's local derby at Bristol, Interim Head Coach Jonny Bell told the local media that Gloucester's preparations have gone well and that the whole squad is united in trying to finish the season on a high.
Speaking to GRTV this week, Acting Head Coach Jonny Bell spoke of his pleasure in the efforts and intensity in training from the squad after a tricky few weeks. The team were preparing for big games with Bristol and Cardiff in coming weeks.
Willi Heinz was understandably and visibly disappointed when he spoke to GRTV after the 27-30 home defeat to Harlequins, apologising to the home support as the game slipped away after seemingly having the game under control.
Speaking to the local media this week, Scottish centre Matt Scott spoke of the squad's determination to put in a big home performance against Harlequins, with vital points up for grabs in the hunt for a Top Six spot this Saturday (KO 3pm)
Looking ahead to Saturday's Aviva Premiership fixture at home to Harlequins (kick off 3pm), Head Coach Laurie Fisher told the local media that Gloucester will need to be on top of their game in a match which has big implications in terms of top six ambitions.
A big few days for the Gloucester-Hartpury Women side. First came the news that the team will compete in Women's Super Rugby next season, and on Saturday the team will play Worcester Ladies IIs at Kingsholm. Centre Hannah Jones and wing Michelle Ruddock spoke to GRTV this week to reflect on events.
Missing so many starters, and up against a team fighting for their Premiership existence, Gloucester did what had to be done at Ashton Gate on Friday evening battling their way to a 32-14 Aviva Premiership win over Bristol Rugby.