Vickey gets Worcester post
Former England captain Phil Vickery has joined Worcester where he will work as an assistant forwards coach.
The 2003 World Cup winner, who retired from playing two years ago following a neck injury, has been drafted in by the Warriors and will work closely alongside head coach Richard Hill and fellow former England player Nigel Redman, who was appointed the club's head coach recently.
Vickery, 36, says he is looking forward to his new role and working with familiar faces.
"I've had the chance to try out a variety of new projects since I retired but rugby has always been my first love and I've kept in close touch with the game," he said.
"I know Hilly well from my Gloucester days and I've worked with Phil Larder and Nigel Redman before, so it's a coaching team I feel very comfortable joining.
"Throughout my career I've always been driven to succeed and, with the Premiership as competitive as ever, it is important that everybody at Worcester pulls together to keep moving the club up the table."
Hill, meanwhile, praised Vickey's knowledge of the game and believes he will be a top acquisition.
"Phil's reputation in the game goes before him," he said. "He will give us huge technical knowledge and ability in the scrum, having only recently finished playing at the very highest level. He demands excellence and is a winner."