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Stanley leaves Gloucester to coach school side
ESPN Staff
July 4, 2014
Andrew Stanley poses for a Gloucester photocall, Gloucester Rugby, Kingsholm, August 17, 2012
Stanley was a Gloucester player before moving into coaching © Getty Images

Gloucester forwards coach Andrew Stanley has left the club to become head of rugby at Dean Close School.

Stanley has spent the past two seasons at Kingsholm, firstly as senior academy manager and later as forwards coach. He made almost 200 appearances for Gloucester as a player before retiring to take up coaching in 1998.

"Gloucester Rugby has played a huge part in my life, both personally and professionally," Stanley said. "But the role at Dean Close is a fantastic opportunity and one that is absolutely right for me at this time in my career.

"It's been a doubly tough decision to leave as we genuinely look to be on verge of something very exciting here at Gloucester. The make-up of the squad and the coaching appointments hint at great things to come.

"I'll still be local though and, as always, will keeping an eye on the progress of the team."

Dean Close, established in 1886, is a co-educational day and boarding school of around 900 pupils. The school's first XV lost just once last season.

Stanley's departure follows the confirmation of former Brumbies director of rugby Laurie Fisher as Gloucester's new head coach earlier this week. Fisher was a forwards coach with the Brumbies and Munster before taking up his current position with the Super Rugby outfit.

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