Worcester Warriors appoint Phil Vickery as Asst Forwards Coach
Monday 28th May 2012
James Grant rugby client PHIL VICKERY MBE has been appointed Assistant Forwards Coach by English Premiership side Worcester Warriors.
The 36-year-old is the latest addition to Head Coach Richard Hill's backroom team for the new season following last week's appointment of Nigel Redman as Forwards Coach.
Phil - who was recruited by Hill to Gloucester aged 19 - won 73 England caps in a glittering playing career. A member of the 2003 World Cup winning England team, Phil captained his country to the final of the 2007 World Cup in France, as well as going on two British & Irish Lions tours, to Australia in 2001 and South Africa in 2009.
Phil retired from playing in September 2010 because of a final neck injury sustained when captaining Wasps against his former club Gloucester, since when he has kept busy with a number of media and charity commitments, as well as staying involved with rugby as a coaching consultant to his local National One side Cinderford RFC.
“I’m delighted to be taking up this role with the Warriors," Phil said today.
"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 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.”
Head Coach Richard Hill is delighted to be reunited with Vickery and added: “I coached Phil at Gloucester at the start of his career and we have kept in touch with him ever since so I know him very well and exactly what he will bring to Warriors.
“Phil’s reputation in the game goes before him and he will give us huge technical knowledge and ability in the scrum, having only recently finished playing at the very highest level. We have a number of props at the club to develop and he will help enormously.
“His general game understanding is also excellent and we expect him to have an impact in other areas and the way we attack and defend.
“Phil’s attitude is simply superb; he demands excellence and is a winner. When we first spoke he wanted to know what were Worcester’s ambitions, were we determined, once and for all, to move up the league and be a powerful force in English rugby.
“I am absolutely delighted that Phil is now joining the coaching team. The more people in the organisation who have that desire and hunger to win at all costs the better. Nigel Redman, Phil Larder and Phil Vickery are all winners and will all make a big impact on the playing squad in the coming season.”