Whif­fin takes up Scar­lets post Purdy, Evans on the move

Gloucestershire Echo - - DEACS WEEK -

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.

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