Nigel Davies brings in Paul Moriarty to handle defence
NEW Gloucester boss Nigel Davies has appointed Newcastle Falcons’ assistant coach Paul Moriarty as his defence coach.
The cherry and whites’ director of rugby made the announcement at the club’s fans forum at Kingsholm with the scrum being the last area to look at in his coaching team.
Davies and Moriarty previously worked together at former club Llanelli Scarlets and Gloucester’s new man in charge is delighted to work with someone he knows well.
With Carl Hogg already at the club as forwards coach and Mike Tindall learning the ropes as player/coach, Davies will look after the backs in the short term.
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Moriarty will be in charge of defence with Davies confirming a former player will come in to look after the scrum on a part-time basis.
England kicking coach Jon Callard has done some work with Gloucester in the last few seasons with Davies eyeing the possibility of Wales coach Neil Jenkins coming in and helping too.
Goal kicking is one area Davies is looking to improve after seeing that teams with an 80 per cent success rate finish in the top four of the Premiership.
Defence, in particular the amount of tries conceded last season, is another aspect for improvement with Moriarty’s appointment designed to combat that.
Discipline is the final section that Davies is looking at with three fixtures last season being lost by a penalty kick or less.
The Welshman is targeting core skills and the breakdown area as two keys to meeting their goals, citing the World-Cup winning All Blacks as the masters on the deck.
With departing Managing Director Ken Nottage introducing successor Chris Ferguson to the 300 fans crammed into the 1873 suite, it was revealed there is still some cash available for Davies to spend.
The 29-Wales cap is only four weeks into his new position but said that he was looking at bringing in one or two new players to help bolster his squad.
Ryan Walkinshaw also revealed The Shed would remain unchanged with more events like the recent Tom Jones gig and Barbarians matches planned ahead of hosting 2015 World Cup games.