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Jonny Bell to join Glasgow Warriors at the end of the season

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23 December 2019

Duncan Wood

Jonny Bell
Jonny Bell (c) Martin Bennett/ Gloucester Rugby

Gloucester Rugby can confirm that Jonny Bell will leave the club to join Glasgow Warriors at the end of the season after five years at Kingsholm.

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Bell moved to Gloucester Rugby in the summer of 2015 from Ulster Rugby. He enjoyed a terrific playing career as a centre at club level with Northampton Saints and Ulster as well as winning 36 caps for Ireland.

He played in two World Cups (1995 and 1999) and trained as a PE teacher, before he was appointed Elite Player Development Officer at Ulster then becoming Assistant Coach with an emphasis on defence.

He has played a key role in Gloucester Rugby’s progress over the past five years. Coming into the past weekend’s round of Gallagher Premiership Rugby fixtures, the team had conceded fewer tries than any other.

However, his new role as Assistant Coach at Glasgow offers a new and enhanced challenge and is an opportunity that he couldn’t turn down as he explained today.

“I’ve really enjoyed the last five seasons at Gloucester Rugby, working with some wonderful coaches and players at a great Club.

“However, the opportunity at Glasgow, to develop my coaching experience beyond a purely defensive role, was something I couldn’t turn down and I’m really excited by the challenge of moving back to be an attack coach in the Pro14.

“In the meantime, I’ll be making the most of every moment that I have left here at Gloucester Rugby and, it goes without saying, giving everything to play my part in us having as successful a season as possible.”

Director of Rugby David Humphreys paid tribute to his long-time colleague.

“Jonny’s been an integral part of what we’ve achieved over the past few seasons, he’s done a fantastic job turning Gloucester Rugby into one of the strongest defensive teams in the Premiership and will obviously be missed when he moves on.

“However, we understand completely why he wishes to pursue the opportunity that has come up at Glasgow and, when the time comes for him to leave the Club, we will wish him well. For now though, and with so much of the season still to play, he’ll be giving his usual 100% and leaving no stone unturned in a bid to make us better as a team.”

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