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Gloucester appoint Woodman

Gloucester have announced the appointment of England World Cup winner Trevor Woodman as their new scrum coach.

The former prop spent nine seasons with Gloucester and won 22 England caps, including starting the 2003 World Cup final in Sydney when England beat Australia.

He retired in 2005 due to a back injury, and after a spell living and coaching in Australia, where he was the Australian Rugby Union's scrum specialist, he held the post of Wasps forwards coach for a four-year period.

Woodman, 37, has taken up his new post at Kingsholm with immediate effect, replacing Tony Windo.

" Tony has worked incredibly hard for us over the past two seasons, combining his time working on our scrum with his role at Bromsgrove School," Gloucester rugby director Nigel Davies said.

"However, it has become increasingly apparent that we needed someone who could commit more time to the role with us.

"With his teaching position in mind, Tony isn't able to do so, and we completely respect and understand that.

"But we are extremely pleased to be able to bring in someone of Trevor Woodman's calibre. He played the game at the very highest level and then translated that skill-set into a very successful coaching career.

"He has worked at international level with Australia, and also at club level for several seasons with London Wasps. His input is going to be invaluable going forward."

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