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."
Speaking to the local media this week ahead of the Bath Rugby game, Head Coach Laurie Fisher stressed that the fundamental shape of Gloucester's game is in good shape but that the Cherry and Whites have to look after the ball better and make more of their scoring opportunities.
Skipper for the day Willi Heinz faced the cameras after the 13-18 home loss to Newcastle and expressed real frustration at not being able to back up last week's win at Sale, calling it a performance he and his team-mates are not proud of.
Speaking after the game, Charlie Sharples described it as 'the win that has eluded us.' The winger stressed that Gloucester had stayed positive after the first couple of weeks of the Aviva Premiership season and the 26-13 victory over Sale was a result of that focus.
Gloucester Rugby picked up their first win of the new Aviva Premiership season on Friday night, easing to a 26-13 win on the road at Sale Sharks. Director of Rugby David Humphreys was full of praise for his players on the night.
It's a game of small margins at the highest level, and so it proved to be at Kingsholm on Saturday afternoon as two second-half Bath tries earned a 6-15 victory from a game which Gloucester had dominated for long periods.
Greig Laidlaw is back to skipper Gloucester Rugby in Saturday's Aviva Premiership derby game against Bath Rugby at Kingsholm. James Hook will make his first start of the season at full-back and Billy Twelvetrees will make his 100th competitive appearance for the club.