Cheltenham Saracens name Olly Morgan and Leroy Hughes in new coaching line-up

CHELTENHAM Saracens have named former England full-back Olly Morgan in their new coaching line-up.

The move for ex-Gloucester man Morgan makes the club’s Gloucester Premier ambitions clear after promotion at the end of last season from Gloucester One.

Morgan, who will focus on the first team backs, has made 131 appearances for the Cherry and Whites and won two caps for England.

The 28-year-old coached a number of sessions last season, alongside Gloucester academy coach Peter Buxton and Treviso-bound prop Rupert Harden.

Morgan will be joined by former Moseley man Leroy Hughes, who has a wealth of national league experience.

Former Cheltenham and Old Patesians hooker cum flanker Hughes will train the forwards.

Jimmy Connolly has also made the move back to Saracens from Cheltenham North and will coach the seconds.

Backs coach Archie Nelmes and Mike Pitman will continue coaching next season, lending support to Morgan and Hughes.

Pitman said: “We were so impressed with Olly when he did a couple of sessions with us last season.

“We know a few clubs were interested in him coaching but he knows what this club is about and he is keen to be a part of our vision for the future.

“Olly and Leroy will be a great combination – Olly has so much techincal knowledge and Leroy will add a bit of grunt and passion.

“Paul and Rupert were fantastic last season and getting Olly on board shows we are building for the future in Gloucester Premier.

“We are under no illusions how tough the season is going to be in the higher division but with the new coaching line-up we have all bases covered. We have everything in place and a strong coaching unit.

“Now the players need to work hard in pre-season and hopefully with a name like Olly Morgan we will attract more players to recruit.”

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