South African forwards coach and former London Irish head coach Gary Gold has joined Newcastle Falcons as Director of Rugby until the end of the season.
Following Newcastle’s loss to Exeter last weekend, owner Semore Kurdi has decided to act, bringing in both Gold and former England defensive coach Mike Ford. Alan Tait is apparently taking a break from the game, but the rest of his coaching staff remain at the club.
Kurdi commented: “I would like to welcome Gary and Mike to the club. They will be a great asset alongside the existing coaching team and this is a demonstration of our intent to fight back and secure our Aviva Premiership status.”
“This is an exciting challenge and I am delighted to have the opportunity to work in the Aviva Premiership,” said Gold. “Newcastle Falcons is a big club with big ambitions and an owner who is very determined so anything is possible. I know a lot about the players and the traditions of the club so I am really looking forward to the challenge of keeping top-flight rugby in the North East.”
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