The Gloucestershire Warriors have recruited first year student Matthew Adams as their strength and conditioning intern for the 2016 season.
Adams, a skilled rugby union player, is eager to get started and help the team reach their goal of winning the West of England league this year.
"Being asked to work with the Gloucestershire Warriors boys is an incredible opening to my coaching career and one I was more than happy to accept", Adams said.
Having represented the Loughborough Academy, Midlands and National Sevens teams, Adams recently started in the second row for the University of Gloucestershire in the rugby union varsity match against University of Worcester, where Gloucestershire ran out 24-8 victors.
An avid follower of the Australian National Rugby League and a Sydney Roosters fan, Adams believes he can bring a lot to the table. He knows what it takes to compete at the highest level and is looking forward to the challenge.
"Working with the young and passionate coaching staff has been great so far. The coaches have definitely put their players in an incredibly good position to excel this season and ideas are flowing on how to take the boys to the next level. Working together, I think we can do that easily."
"Playing in my first varsity for Gloucestershire was an unbelievable experience and by far the toughest three months of my life. All the hours spent on the training pitch and the early gym sessions definitely paid off with the win. I loved every minute of it!"
Talking about the addition to the backroom staff, Head coach Matty Robinson is very excited. "Matthew is in very high demand and knows a lot about rugby in general", Robinson commented.
"A very talented player on the pitch and very smart off the pitch, he's the type of guy we want to have on our team. The 2016 season is looking very bright for us and the addition of Matthew can only be a positive move for us."
Updated 19:41 - 17 May 2016 by Paul Bolger