Saint-Andre signs a new deal
December 11, 1999

Premiership leaders Gloucester today received a major boost when coach Philippe Saint-Andre signed a two-year extension to his existing contract.

The former French National captain has agreed terms to stay at Kingsholm until May, 2002.

Saint-Andre had been linked with a coaching vacancy at top French side Stade Francais, who are in the market with Bernard Laporte having replaced Jean Claude Skrela as National supremo.

"Now is the time to prepare for next season, and it would not have been easy for the players to have to speak with a new coach," Saint-Andre said. "For me, the hard work starts now"

Saint-Andre replaced Richard Hill in the Gloucester hot-seat, and this season, the West Country outfit has produced outstanding form to lead the premiership.

They also currently boast an unbeaten record in the European Shield, and look on course for a quarter-final place.

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