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."
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.
Following the recent announcement that XBlades were to become the club's new kit and leisurewear partner, Gloucester Rugby can today (Tuesday 30 June) confirm the opening of a new retail unit, based at Gloucester Quays Outlet Centre, as well as the launch of a brand new online shop.
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.