FOLLOWING a series of new player arrivals, Gloucester Rugby are delighted to announce a significant addition to the coaching staff for next season with the appointment of Carl Hogg as Academy Manager.
The former Scotland international is currently Assistant Coach of Edinburgh Gunners and will be responsible for ensuring the development of the brightest talent from Gloucester's renowned Academy into the senior 1st XV.
Former graduates of the Gloucester Academy who are now firmly established at both club and international level include James Simpson-Daniel, James Forrester, Andy Hazell, Adam Eustace, Ryan Lamb, Olly Morgan, Mark Foster, Rob Elloway and Jack Forster.
Hogg, 36, has previously held coaching roles with Leeds Tykes and London Welsh, and will also take on an active senior role alongside Dean Ryan with the development of Gloucester's forwards.
"Carl was the standout candidate from the application process and we are delighted to have him on board," head coach Dean Ryan told www.gloucesterrugby.co.uk.
"Youngsters such as Jack Forster and Olly Morgan who have established themselves in the 1st XV this season demonstrate the critical role the Academy plays, and having somebody of Carl's pedigree overseeing it is of huge importance to us."
Following last week's announcement that Assistant Coach Bryan Redpath and Mike Anthony, Head Fitness Coach, have signed contract extensions until 2009, Hogg's arrival completes the senior management setup for next season alongside Head Coach Dean Ryan and Denis Betts, Skills Coach.
"Gloucester is a massive rugby club and I'm so excited to be moving south to join them," said Hogg.
"My experiences as a player, with the academy at Leeds and more recently with the senior squad at Edinburgh have given me an excellent understanding of what it takes for a young player to progress to a senior squad and I'm really looking forward to the challenge of continuing to develop world-class talent at Gloucester."
As Gloucester prepare for their 39th game of the season, against Bordeaux-Begles at Sixways on Sunday, David Humphreys told the local media that this week has been all about getting the players mentally and physically ready after a tough game against Connacht last Sunday.
Speaking to GRTV after the 40-32 victory over Connacht on Sunday, skipper Billy Twelvetrees explained that Gloucester had had to learn to be patient and cut out the errors to earn the win and progress to next weekend's final play-off against Bordeaux-Begles.
Jonny May's superb late score capped a thrilling 40-32 European play-off win over Connacht on Sunday. The winger spoke afterwards of his team's character and spirit as he looked ahead to one more week of rugby.
Speaking to GRTV this afternoon, Director of Rugby David Humphreys hailed the 'never say die' attitude of the team, after despite not being at their best, fighting back to take a 40-32 win after extra time over Connacht.
Jonny May continues on the wing on Sunday as Connacht come to town, and the England wing explains to the local media this week that he is delighted with his form and is looking forward to taking on Pat Lam's men.
When the Gloucester Rugby squad and staff report for their first day of preseason training on Wednesday morning, they will be greeted with a new look training kit from XBlades Sports ready for the first sessions.
This Sunday, hop on your bicycle and join up with the Pied Piper Sportive to test out new challenging routes across the county with Gloucester Rugby's Kingsholm Stadium the start and finish of the ride.