Larder rejoins Worcester
June 22, 2011
Larder previously worked with the Warriors during the 2006-07 season © Getty Images
Worcester Warriors have added former England defence coach Phil Larder to their back-room staff ahead of their return to the Aviva Premiership stage.
Larder, part of Sir Clive Woodward's support staff when England lifted the Rugby World Cup in 2003, teams up with the Warriors for the second time having worked at Sixways during the 2006-07 season.
The 66-year-old, whose decorated coaching career also includes taking charge of the England rugby league side for the 1995 World Cup, rejoins Worcester in the wake of their RFU Championship triumph that that ensured their return to the top flight having been relegated the previous season.
The former Sale centre was part of the back-room team for the British & Irish Lions tours of 2001 and 2005 and helped Leicester to secure four-straight Premiership titles and back-to-back Heineken Cup victories in 2001 and 2002. He takes up the role of defence coach and will link up with Worcester head coach Richard Hill and forwards coach Phil Davies.
"I am delighted to join Worcester Warriors coaching staff," he said. "They are an exciting club with tremendous modern facilities and excellent potential. Last year under the guidance of head coach Richard Hill they developed a winning habit and secured promotion. My job is not only to help the Warriors cement a place in the Premiership but help to inspire them to become one of the leading rugby clubs in England."
Hill added: "Defence is very important; we perhaps didn't put too much emphasis on it last year and it was more about the attack. As the importance grows during the Aviva Premiership, getting a specialist into the team like Phil gives the players so much confidence. Phil is one of the best in his field and comes with a very good reputation."
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