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Former Gloucester Rugby fly-half returns to the county as coach

Written by: Andrew Merrell | Posted 06 October 2020 7:00

Former Gloucester Rugby fly-half returns to the county as coach

A name Gloucester Rugby fans will be all too familiar with has returned to the county, but still with his sights set on success in the game. 

The fly-half, whose career saw him play almost 90 times for his home city club and score more than 560 points, is now concentrating on improving the games of students at Hartpury, just north of Gloucester.      

Former Premiership rugby player Ryan Lamb, has been appointed as backs and attack coach for Hartpury University RFC – the only student-led side in the Championship, second tier of English club rugby 

Mr Lamb, a former St Peter's High School pupil, will also use his experience and expertise to coach across the highly successful college and university rugby programmes at Hartpury.  

“I feel very privileged and excited to have this massive opportunity,” said the 34-year-old, whose playing career also saw him compete for London Irish, Northampton, Leicester Tigers, Worcester Warriors, La Rochelle and the Scarlets and who announced his retirement earlier this year. 

“Hartpury is clearly one of the best places in the country to be able to develop, either as a player or a coach.?   

“You’ve only got to look at the number of players who have come through the system here – whether that’s at college, at the university or in the Championship – and gone on to professional, and even international, rugby to be able to see that.  

“It’s an ideal chance for me to transition from playing professionally into coaching and I feel very excited to be in this position.  

“Hartpury now stands alone, in its own right, as a centre for rugby development.?  

“I was aware of it, back in the early days, when I was coming through at Gloucester and to see where it has got to now, and to have a chance to become a part of that development tradition, is fantastic.”

More than 200 Hartpury alumni have played international rugby or signed professional contracts around the world, including British Lions and Wales rugby star Ross Moriarty and Wales and Gloucester Rugby teenage sensation Louis Rees-Zammit.  

Lamb’s arrival at Hartpury reunites him with former Gloucester team-mates Mark Cornwell – the head coach of Hartpury’s Championship squad – and James Forrester, who now combines his role as a coach to Hartpury University’s student teams with a recently-announced job as deputy to Sean Lynn, Head Coach of Gloucester-Hartpury Women’s RFC.  

As well as running Hartpury University RFC, Premier 15s club Gloucester-Hartpury Women's RFC and Hartpury University FC,?Hartpury is the training centre for Gloucester Rugby and has strong relationships with?England Rugby, Cheltenham Town Football Club, Bristol Rovers Football Club, GB Rowing,?Exeter City Football Club,?Pentathlon GB and Olympic champion equestrian coaches and athletes.?  

Pictured: Ryan Lamb (second left) with former Gloucester Rugby team-mates James Forrester (left) and Hartpury Head Coach Mark Cornwell (right). Also pictured is Hartpury director of Rugby John Barnes