‘Gloucester have lost key members who were not only outstanding players but durable and fit’
A second row who played for Wasps, Leicester Tigers and Irish, making 177 appearances in the Premiership, Skivington has started his first head-coaching role with a clear purpose – to turn Gloucester’s set of forwards into the intimidating force of yesteryear.
Argentina lock Matias Alemanno has been signed along with former
Bath lock Matt Garvey and Samoa
prop Logovi’i Mulipola on shortterm contracts. Alex King, most recently attached to Montpellier, has also arrived as attack coach. “We are a couple of players short the pack,” Skivington admits. in
“Gloucester have lost some key
members in the last few years who
were not only outstanding players,
but durable and fit as well.
“It is not a quick fix. I have to work out who is who, get a feel for the players who are here. I know
their skill-sets and have watched enough of Gloucester’s games to know what they can do on the pitch, but rugby is about much
than that. It’s about what type more of person you are and how much
you are willing to give when you are pushed. Who is going to lead the programme? Who is going to follow, who is going to challenge?
“I believe the players are hungry. I have not been shy talking about the forward play and the players have been very open with me about
making that stronger, because they feel it’s an area they possibly haven’t put enough attention on.”
While he might not be in charge of renegotiating contracts at a time when the salary cap is being reduced, these are tense times across the league for a first-time