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Cup winner Woodman moves to Wasps

Trevor Woodman
Cornishman Woodman helped England win the Webb Ellis trophy in 2003

England's rugby World Cup winner Trevor Woodman has been snapped up by London Wasps as their new forwards coach.

The 32-year-old is joined by Gaelic football guru John McCloskey, who takes a newly-created skills coach role.

"Personally and professionally I am hugely excited by the challenge that lies ahead," said Woodman.

"The club is at the beginning of its next chapter and you can sense the determination and the desire to make this season a success from the off."

The dual appointment completes the coaching quartet at Adams Park with head coach Shaun Edwards and the recent appointment of Tony Hanks as Wasps' director of rugby.

And it is a clear signal of the Premiership club's intention to get back to winning ways after a poor season by their own standards.

Former Bath, Gloucester and Sale prop Woodman brings a wealth of experience to the role following a spell as forwards coach at Sydney University and, more recently, as national scrum coach with Australia.

606: DEBATE

Cornishman Woodman lifted the Webb Ellis trophy in 2003 but retired from the game in 2005 with a long-term back injury with 22 England caps to his name.

Former Gaelic football team fitness trainer McCloskey, who is a qualified athletics coach, was part of Joe Kernan's backroom team during Armagh's historic All-Ireland Senior Football triumph in 2002.

He remained with the squad until 2007 and was in contention for the manager's position at Derry in 2008 but eventually dropped out of the running.

He worked with Wasps on a part-time basis during the recent Heineken Cup campaign and his efforts look to have convinced the club's hierarchy to offer him a more permanent role.

"At Armagh we considered Wasps as role models because of their success, professionalism, family spirit and never say day attitude on the pitch", said McCloskey.

"When the opportunity came up to join a coaching team with the likes of Hanks and Edwards, it was a great privilege and an opportunity too good to turn down."

Wasps will be aiming for a much-improved campaign next season after failing to qualify for next season's Heineken Cup.

The former Champions will instead have to be content with a place in the European Challenge Cup as well as hoping to re-establish themselves as a force in the Premiership.



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see also
Injury forces Woodman to retire
24 Aug 05 |  Internationals
Sale snatch Woodman
11 May 04 |  English
County honoured in new year list
31 Dec 03 |  Cornwall
A Rugby World Cup winners' tale
30 Aug 07 |  English
McCloskey among Derry candidates
10 Sep 08 |  Gaelic Games
Hanks replaces McGeechan at Wasps
15 May 09 |  London Wasps


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