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Humphreys cites virus in surprise exit



David Humphreys

David Humphreys

David Humphreys

Ulster European Cup-winning captain David Humphreys has cited the coronavirus pandemic as one of the factors in his decision to step away from Gloucester Rugby at the end of this month.

Humphreys, capped 72-times by Ireland, has been Director of Rugby at Kingsholm since leaving the same role with his home province in the summer of 2014, winning the Challenge Cup in his first season.

The Cherry and Whites finished third in the Premiership last season, losing to Mark McCall's Saracens in the semi-finals, but last month announced that head coach Johan Ackermann would depart for a post in Japan with the club having lost nine of 13 in the league this year.

"It has been a huge honour to have played a small part in the history of this great club," Humphreys said in a club statement released last night.

"I have loved every minute of my time here and have been very fortunate to work with great coaches and support staff, and with great players.

"However, following Johan Ackermann's departure last month, I took some time to review my own position at Gloucester and in light of many new challenges facing professional rugby as a result of Covid-19, I felt it was the right time for me to move on and a new head coach to come in and build on the work that has been done."

Belfast Telegraph