Worcester Warriors have promoted forwards coach Jonathan Thomas to the function of head coach.
The promotion will see Thomas, 38, proceed to work carefully with director of rugby Alan Solomons.
“I’m very grateful for this chance. This can be a membership that I care passionately about,” Thomas mentioned.
“I actually imagine on this membership and its potential.
“Once I first spoke to the house owners they usually talked about their imaginative and prescient for the membership, the thrilling academy gamers coming by way of and the plans which can be in place for long-term sustainability I used to be actually excited.”
Thomas gained 67 Wales caps between 2003 and 2011 and performed in two World Cups. He made 44 appearances for Warriors between 2013 and 2015.
Worcester are second from backside within the Premiership with eight factors after 5 video games.
Thomas will even work alongside his former Wales team-mate Mark Jones – who joins Warriors on Thursday as senior assistant coach – backs and assault coach Matt Sherratt, scrum and assistant forwards coach Mark Irish and academy transition and expertise coach Jonny Goodridge.
“We’re reasonable about the place we’re at and we all know there may be a whole lot of work to do,” Thomas added.
“The challenges as a brand new teaching group coming in have been not having a pre-season with the gamers and never having a specialist defence coach till now. We’ve got managed the scenario in the very best method however the arrival of Mark Jones will give us an enormous increase.
“I’m very excited in regards to the teaching group now we have. We’ve got obtained good a steadiness of personalities which is essential as a result of it is not nearly teaching, it is about having people who complement the completely different wants of the gamers and now we have a fairly good steadiness there.”