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Nick Walshe joins Gloucester Rugby

25 June 2014

  • Walshe heads to Kingsholm after consecutive JWC victories
  • Joe Lydon praises "fantastic contribution"
Nick Walshe

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Nick Walshe has joined Gloucester Rugby as the club's new backs and attack coach, leaving his position at the RFU as head coach of England Under 20.

Walshe led his age-group side to a second consecutive IRB Junior World Championship victory last week in Auckland, beating South Africa 21-20 in a close-fought final.

He also guided them to second place in the Six Nations this year, narrowly missing out on a Grand Slam thanks to a last-gasp defeat in France.

The 40 year-old Londoner had a successful playing career as scrum half between 1995 and 2011, which saw him make 162 Premiership appearances as well as winning two caps for England. 

Before ending his playing career, he took up the role of specialist scrum half coach for England U18 in 2010, then becoming a National Academy coach in 2011 with the RFU elite rugby department.

There, he played an important role in assisting England U20 head coach Rob Hunter before taking over the role himself in 2013. 

Joe Lydon, head of international player development at the RFU said: "We congratulate Nick on this great move as he continues his development as a performance coach.

"He has made a fantastic contribution to the U20 programme and, alongside the other coaches and players, it was a unprecedented achievement in English rugby to win back-to-back Junior World Championship titles.

"It is great to see the RFU development pipeline of both players and coaches continuing to reap rewards.

"He leaves with the best wishes of everybody at the RFU and we would like to thank him for his fantastic service."

Walshe's new post at Kingsholm is announced as the Cherry and Whites form an impressive coaching team ahead of the 2014-5 Aviva Premiership campaign.

Former Ulster boss David Humphreys was unveiled as Gloucester Rugby's new director of rugby at the start of this month, while ex-Australia defence coach John Muggleton was also unveiled today.