Gloucester Rugby to unveil new head coach George Skivington amid controversy

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George Skivington has been London Irish forwards coach since 2016 after retiring as a player. Credit: PA

A row has erupted over Gloucester Rugby's new Head Coach appointment George Skivington.

The 37-year-old former England Saxons and London Irish captain was confirmed in the role on Saturday 27 June, and is expected to be officially unveiled to the media on Monday 29 June.

But, his former employers and fellow Premiership outfit, London Irish, have accused Gloucester of failing to make an approach for Skivington, thereby breaching the division's code of conduct.

Gloucester have responded by saying they are "surprised and disappointed" by the accusation and insist they made "proacative efforts" to contact their rivals.

George Skivington will officially take charge at Kingsholm on 3 July. Credit: Gloucester Rugby

London Irish say they are not prepared to leave the matter there, however, and say they will pursue what they perceive to be a "most serious issue".

Skivington was apparently the "stand out candidate" for the empty coaching hot-seat at Kingsholm, according to the club.

He says: "I’m absolutely delighted to be joining Gloucester Rugby. I’ve been very impressed with everyone I’ve met at the Club so far, and the vision they have for the Club. What I particularly liked was how far-reaching the vision is, building from the Academy, through the first team, and across the whole Club. I can’t wait to play my part in it."

George Skivington playing against Gloucester for Leicester in 2012. Credit: PA

Gloucester announced a shakeup of their managerial structure in May, after South African Johan Ackermann decided on a move to Japan following three years as head coach.

And David Humphrey's six year reign as Director of Rugby has now come to a close, with the club dropping the role altogether.

Former Cherry and Whites player Alex Brown will now assume some of the responsibilities for recruitment in his role of Chief Operating Officer.

Gloucester star player, Danny Cipriani is clearly impressed and excited by Skivington's appointment and called it "the most exciting announcement".