Wasps have today announced that Trevor Woodman, the World Cup winning prop with England in 2003, is the latest addition to their coaching staff as they seek to put a disappointing season, in which they failed to qualify for the Heineken Cup, behind them and move forward without Ian McGeechan.
Woodman will assume the role of forwards coach in a new look set up, joining Gaelic football recruit John McCloskey as skills coach, and Tony Hanks who has returned to Adams Park as director of rugby following McGeechan’s departure. Shaun Edwards provides an element of stability to proceedings as he retains his position as head coach.
Since his retirement from the game in 2005 as a result of a long term back injury, Woodman has carved out a career in coaching with a spell as Sydney University forwards coach, and subsequently as national scrum coach for Australia. He will be a welcome to the Wasps coaching staff as the club looks to recapture the form which has seen them win the Premiership four times and the Heineken cup twice this decade.
The new look coaching team will be anxious to get going with the task of restructuring the Wasps squad, with Riki Flutey, James Haskell and Tom Palmer all opting for big money moves to France, whilst Josh Lewsey and Raphael Ibanez have retired. Hanks will also be looking to avoid the lethargic start to the season that Wasps typically make, and hit the ground running with any new players firmly bedded in.
What do you make of Woodman’s appointment? Can Wasps put this season’s disappointment behind them or will they miss the guiding hand of Ian McGeechan?
by Richard Bourne