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Worcester coaching role for Vickery

England World Cup winner Phil Vickery is to join Aviva Premiership club Worcester as their assistant forwards coach.

The Warriors have announced that 36-year-old Vickery will work alongside recently-appointed forwards coach Nigel Redman at Sixways.

Vickery's appointment will see him link up again with former Gloucester boss Richard Hill, who heads up Worcester's coaching staff.

Vickery won 73 caps during a glittering playing career highlighted by being a key part of England's all-conquering 2003 World Cup squad in Australia. He captained his country at the 2007 tournament in France, and also toured twice with the British and Irish Lions.

The former tighthead prop spent 11 years at Gloucester, initially moving to the club as a teenager after being spotted by Hill. He ended his playing career with Gloucester's Premiership rivals Wasps in 2010 after being forced to retire because of injury.

"I am delighted to be taking up this role with the Warriors," Vickery said.

"Since I retired I've had the chance to try out a variety of new projects, and I look forward to continuing to develop these areas, but rugby has always been my first love and I've kept in close touch with the game.

"I know 'Hilly' well from my Gloucester days, and I've worked with Phil Larder (Worcester defence coach) and Nigel Redman before, so it's a coaching team I feel very comfortable joining.

"Throughout my career I've always been driven to succeed, and with the Premiership being as competitive as ever, it is important that everybody at Worcester pulls together to keep moving the club up the table.

"I'm looking forward to joining up with the boys for pre-season and having a positive impact on the club."

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