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."
Gloucester have been in good form in recent weeks, but Backs Coach Tim Taylor knows that the Cherry and Whites will have to be at their best on Thursday evening (kick off 7:45pm) against a Stade Rochelais side flying high this season.
Speaking to GRTV after the bonus point win over Bristol, back row Lewis Ludlow revealed that despite a tricky first half, Gloucester backed their skills to come through, a faith that was evident in a strong second half showing.
Willi Heinz scored Gloucester's second try as the Cherry and Whites overturned a disappointing first 40 minutes and 0-6 half time deficit, to earn a 26-18 Aviva Premiership victory over Bristol Rugby on Saturday.
It's the first Gloucester-Bristol derby at Kingsholm in over eight years this Saturday (kick off 4:30pm) and, previewing the game with the local media this week, Defence Coach Jonny Bell stressed that, with both teams in the bottom half of the table, they both need the points.
Gloucester's much changed side had to overcome conceding an early try on Thursday evening, but responded in style to down Stade Rochelais by 35 points to 14 in the European Rugby Challenge Cup and set up a mouthwatering return fixture next weekend.
After taking 11 points from their last three games in the Aviva Premiership, including bonus point wins against Wasps and Bristol, Gloucester will be looking to continue their good form when they welcome La Rochelle to Kingsholm.