George Skivington faced the media ahead of Gloucester Rugby's fixture against Worcester Warriors at Kingsholm this Saturday. The Cherry and Whites' Head Coach opened up on Willi Heinz's announced departure, the Bath loss and how important a "growth process" is for results to start going in the Club's favour.
On Willi Heinz’s departure
"Willi has been great for the club for the last six seasons, he is a great player, he is a great professional.
"I have not had as much opportunity to work with Willi as I would have liked over this period, but we respect his decision, he comes into a new chapter of his career. He has got to make the right decision for him and his family and that is sport isn't it.
"Willi will contribute for the rest of the season for sure, he is 100 % committed, those are his words not mine. It doesn't change anything from the point of view of selection and the beauty of having someone like Willi for the rest of the season is the rest of the nines can learn as much as they can off him, like they have already anyway.
"The older experienced players are always a great resource for the younger ones."
On filling the void he leaves
"I think we are really blessed with the nines we have got - some really talented young nines who will be the future of the club and drive it on. With regards to other people [coming in] we have got lots of plans going on in the background, there is a huge amount of work and conversations going on so we will see how that unfolds."
Keeping hold of Academy talent
"There are way too many ex-Gloucester Rugby players out there full stop. You could put a pretty impressive XV together! I think going forward, we have got a really good relationship with Hartpury and I am having constant conversations with Mark Cornwell [head coach] and John Barnes [director of rugby] and we are in good communications about how we want to plan going forward.
"When we have got good, young, talented players coming through we want to invest in them and make them feel like they want to invest in the club. If you get that relationship right, hopefully, they will grow through the club as the club becomes more and more successful. That is the objective in the long run."
On improving results
“It’s about growing a little bit more from last week. That’s always the plan, to get better every week. The boys came in from the Bath game disappointed not to win so we have to look at what we could have done better, what we could have controlled, and we go on to Worcester, who we fully respect and we’ll try and be better than we were last week.”
On facing Worcester
“It’s a growth process for us. We never walk away from a game happy that we’ve lost. The boys get on the bus and they’re gutted. It’s about coming back in with some conviction on Monday. Of course we want to start winning, and that’s ultimately the goal, but we want to start winning in a way that we’ve built properly so that we can understand why we’re winning and we can back it up. That’s the process we’re going through but we hope it comes sooner rather than later.”