‘Glouces­ter have lost key mem­bers who were not only out­stand­ing play­ers but durable and fit’

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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

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