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, back row flanker Jacob Rowan said that he is excited for the challenge at the Ricoh Arena this Sunday, and added that the players know the responsibility is theirs to deliver against the league leaders.
Ben Morgan was on media duty this week, and as Gloucester prepare for Sunday's trip to Wasps, the number eight is looking forward to see Gloucester go toe-to-toe with another of the Aviva Premiership's front runners.
Tom Marshall scored his first Gloucester try in the 31-23 win over Saracens on Friday evening and was named Man of the Match. Talking to GRTV, he praised the forwards for setting the tone on the night.
Matt Scott was on media duty this week, and the Scottish international spoke about the benefit of having a full week of training with his club mates and the determination to get back to performing well against Saracens this Friday evening.
Following the conclusion of the Aviva Premiership game against Harlequins on Saturday, it'll be the turn of the Gloucester-Hartpury Women to grace the Kingsholm turf when they take on Worcester Ladies IIs.
Westbury-on-Severn RFC was the host on Friday as the Gloucester Rugby Community Department joined pupils from schools in the Forest of Dean for a tag rugby festival as part of the Aviva Tackling Numbers delivery.
Last Friday night saw Gloucester Rugby Head of Community Adam Balding present a cheque for £7082.82 to the Royal British Legion as a result of a series of fundraising during the Remembrance Period in November.
Gloucester battled bravely against Wasps on Sunday, but it was a case of taking chances at the Ricoh Arena. Gloucester didn't make the most of theirs while Wasps did, and that proved to be the difference.
Gloucester were competitive for long periods at the Ricoh Arena on Sunday afternoon, but were left to rue a host of missed scoring opportunities throughout as Wasps hit back to earn a 35-22 Aviva Premiership win.
Gloucester's Ciaran Knight made his first start at tighthead prop, Henry Walker made his first appearance as a second half replacement and Alex Seville also featured as England U20s made it three from three in the U20s Six Nations with a 46-0 win over Italy in Darlington on Friday night.