Nigel Davies has been confirmed as Director of Rugby at Gloucester, with Simon Easterby replacing him at the Scarlets.
Davies has led a philosophy of developing Welsh talent from within the Scarlets region and the strategy has produced the majority of Wales’ backline strike power (Rhys Priestland, George North, Jon Davies, Scott Williams, Liam Williams), with 13 Scarlets players supplied to the international teams in the Six Nations.
He was also instrumental in the identification and development of the recently capped England and Gloucester Rugby number eight Ben Morgan. Davies will start his new role with Gloucester Rugby after returning from a visit next week to the Junior World Cup in South Africa which had been organised some months ago, during which he will take in some of the England U20 games in which Gloucester Rugby players Koree Britton, Ryan Mills and Dan Robson feature.
On his return, Davies will host a media conference during his first week with his new club as he is welcomed to Gloucester Rugby.
As a result, the Scarlets will bring forward their succession plan already in place within their current coaching group, with successful Scarlets Defence Coach Simon Easterby stepping up to take the lead role as Head Coach at Parc y Scarlets. The distinguished former Scarlets captain, British Lion and Ireland’s most capped back row played more than 200 games for the Scarlets before moving from player to coach two seasons ago.
“I have always felt that at the right time, I’d want to challenge myself in a different environment and this new role presents with me that exciting new ambition. Professionally, I know this is the right decision, but emotionally it has been one of the most difficult things to do.
During the past four years I’ve have worked with real intensity with a talented and committed group of ambitious coaches and players. I believe I leave the Scarlets on a very firm footing in terms of results, performance and the development of players and it’s great to see that there will be another group of young talented players that have come through the Scarlets system getting their first caps at Wales’ game against the Barbarians this weekend.”