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Phillips joins London Welsh staff

London Welsh have announced the appointment of former Wales international Rowland Phillips as defence coach.

Phillips, 49, will join the Exiles' existing coaching staff of Justin Burnell, Ollie Smith and Matthew Ferguson.

He takes up his new role with immediate effect ahead of next weekend's LV= Cup game against Gloucester.

Welsh are currently bottom of the Aviva Premiership after losing their first six league matches.

"After the first six rounds of the Aviva Premiership what was glaringly obvious was our need to address our defensive issues, and we've taken steps to do that with the appointment of Rowland as defence coach," Burnell said.

"Rowland has a huge amount of experience and understanding of the defensive role."

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