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Mike Tindall gives Nick Walshe his Royal seal of approval

By The Citizen  |  Posted: July 18, 2014

Mike Tindal gives Nick Walshe his Royal seal of approval

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Mike Tindall reckons Nick Walshe is the perfect successor as Gloucester backs coach.

The England World Cup winner took up the role of player-coach last season and had been assisting Nigel Davies with the backs

But following Davies’ dismissal in May, Tindall failed to secure a new contract and former England Under-20s boss Walshe will instead take up the reins of the Cherry and Whites star-studded backline.

Tindall played alongside Walshe at Bath and has been blown away by his achievements at the Junior World Championships where England secured successive titles.

Now he has backed the former scrum-half to unlock the talent in Gloucester’s much vaunted backs division.

He said: “What he’s done, to win back-to-back Junior World Cups, is a phenomenal achievement and he probably needs a different challenge now.

“He can tick that box and move on to the Premiership coaching the older guys. It will be a challenge but he has the right building blocks to go on and do well.

“He knows a few of the guys, it will be different challenge for him, with different characters in a senior team but we will wait and see. He obviously has to have something to have done as well as he has.

“He can unleash that potential – you only have to look at what you’re bringing in.”

Gloucester have bolstered the backs with nine new signings including headline hitters James Hook and Greig Laidlaw.

The international duo have a wealth of experience and boast 107 caps between them - plus all-important 80 per cent strike-rates from the tee.

And Tindall is confident that Gloucester now have the right blend of youth and experience to fire on all cylinders.

He added: “There’s a lot more balance to the back line with the likes of Laidlaw, Hook, Steve McColl.

“You’ve got to give Cooky (Rob Cook) a bit of rest every now and then, as he just grinds away and is a brilliant player. But we have a more depth in backline with more balance to it that can work in our favour.

“You look at last season’s line-up - Dan Robson, Freddie (Burns) Billy (Twelvetrees), Henry (Trinder), Jonny (May), (Charlie) Sharples and Cooky – you haven’t got an old experienced head in there if Sinbad (James Simpson-Daniel), Jimmy (Cowan) or I weren’ t playing.

“There will be a nice balance next year.”

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  • ostronsky74  |  July 27 2014, 3:12PM

    This is all well and good but, when it comes to Gloucester Rugby, what the club should have done last season was to ensure that Rupҽrt Hardҽn, our first choice and most talented tight head prop, started as many games for Gloucester as was possible.

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