Nigel Davies named new Gloucester coach
June 2, 2012
Nigel Davies has twice reached the quarter-finals of the Amlin Challenge Cup © PA Photos
Nigel Davies' has been appointed as Gloucester's new rugby director after leaving Llanelli Scarlets, the club's managing director Ken Nottage has confirmed.
Davies, 47, has agreed a three-year contract and he will succeed Bryan Redpath at Kingsholm.
Davies will move to Gloucester from the Llanelli-based Scarlets, where he oversaw the development of Wales internationals like George North, Jonathan Davies and Rhys Priestland following his arrival in May 2008.
He also worked closely with England number eight Ben Morgan, who is among a raft of new signings at Gloucester for next season.
"We are really delighted to appoint Nigel," Nottage told The Citizen. "In my dealings with Nigel, every time I have met him I am more and more sure that he is absolutely the right man for the job at Gloucester.
"He was very attracted to this club, and he sees it as something that will develop him as a coach further.
"The Premiership is a highly-regarded league and Gloucester is a highly-regarded club. It is good to have a quality coach come in to take our squad forward."
Davies won 29 caps for Wales as a high-class centre, and he stepped in to coach his country for a 2007 Test match against South Africa before Warren Gatland's appointment. Davies is set to start work in his new job next week.
"We had some very good coaches who were very interested and available, and it was a long discussion. I think in these matters you have to pursue every avenue," Nottage added.
"But we are very, very pleased with where we have got to. Nigel was always our first choice."
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