Gloucester Rugby have appointed Luke Anthony as their new assistant physiotherapist to complete their medical back room staff for the 2005/6 season.
Anthony joins the Kingsholm club from Watford Football Club after spending seven years at Vicarage Road, three of which were as senior physiotherapist to Ray Lewington's side.
He will bring with him plenty of experience after completing his degree at King's College London and he will work directly alongside head physio Richard Mack and fitness coach Mike Anthony, conditioning assistant Barny Allen and sports therapist Kim Owen.
During his time at Watford, Anthony helped establish an injury prevention programme and a new medical record system. At Gloucester, he will provide direct and clinical care to the playing squad alongside Mack and Anthony.
Head coach Dean Ryan said of the appointment: "It's vital that the support structure behind the squad is of an excellent standard and the appointment of Luke is a key addition for us.
"Luke has already worked in a top class sporting environment and that experience can only be of a huge benefit to the club."
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.