Whiffin takes up Scarlets post Purdy, Evans on the move
RICHARD Whiffin has left his role as head of academy at Gloucester.
His appointment as the new assistant attack coach at Scarlets has been confirmed and he will join the Pro14 giants after coaching England Under-20s at the Junior World Championships in Argentina next month.
He will be among a fivestrong team at Parc y Scarlets that will be headed up by New Zealander Brad Mooar and also includes Ioan Cunningham (forwards), Glenn Delaney (defence) and Dai Flanagan (backs).
Whiffin said: “I have heard a lot of good things about Brad and knowing the way the Crusaders play and also the history, the DNA of the Scarlets and the brand of rugby they play, I think that will dovetail nicely.
“The Scarlets have been the standard bearers of Welsh rugby and I am looking forward to the opportunity of working with British and Irish Lions, Wales internationals and exciting youngsters.”
Whiffin was appointed as academy backs coach when he joined Gloucester three years ago but has led the youth department since the departure of Neil Mccarthy in the summer of 2017 and has helped the Under-18s reach back-to-back Premiership Academy finals.
Ben Vellacott, Freddie Clarke and Tom Hudson were among the players to have graduated to the senior squad during that time with six players set to move up next season.
GLOUCESTER’S players have broken up for the summer holidays with some saying their final farewells.
The squad headed into Hartpury to sign off for the 2018-19 season, which came to an end after their Premiership semi-final defeat to Saracens on Saturday.
Gareth Evans, Henry Purdy and Will Safe are the latest trio whose departures have been confirmed.
Evans says he is grateful to have played for the “best supporters anywhere in the world” at Gloucester.
The 27-year-old posted a message on his Instagram page: “I am incredibly grateful that I have had so many positive experiences with them.”
Tom Savage, who will now join Japanese side Suntory Sungoliath, tipped Gloucester to win the Premiership title next season.
He said: “Wasn’t the finish we were after but, I believe the boys will go all the way next year!”
Will Safe was also named on the list of players to leave Gloucester.
Safe played 11 times for Gloucester’s senior side with his debut coming against Saracens in the Anglo-welsh Cup in November 2016 and made an appearance for Championship side Ealing Trailfinders against London Irish at the end of the season.
Departing players: Gareth Denman, Gareth Evans, Paddy Mcallister, Henry Purdy, Will Safe, Tom Savage, Mike Sherry, Kyle Traynor, Ben Vellacott, Callum Allen, Dom Coetzer, Ewan Fenley, Joe Mullis, Cameron Terry.