Shaun Edwards is the right man to whip Gloucester’s ailing defence into line next season.
The Wales defence coach has been linked with a part-time role in Nigel Davies’ Kingsholm regime that would see him continue his international commitments.
And England World Cup-winner Phil Vickery, who worked under the “inspirational” Edwards at Wasps, reckons the rugby league great would transform the Cherry and Whites’ porous defence.
Vickery said: “He was an inspiration for me when I went to Wasps. Of all the coaches I’ve ever worked with he’s the one I enjoyed working with the most.
“I have huge respect and admiration for Shaun and if that’s the calibre of guy they are going for it’s brilliant. Defensively Gloucester have really struggled this season, and they know – I’m sure – that has to change.
“Shaun is a different character and there’s no messing with him. He has high values, and he doesn’t just do things on a whim.
“The good thing is it doesn’t matter who you are or what you have done, all Shaun cares about is the present and winning. My only concern is that part-time role, which it would potentially have to be, I’m assuming, with his Wales commitments.”
Gloucester have the second-worst defensive record behind only winless Worcester Warriors in the Aviva Premiership.
Vickery is confident in Edwards’ abilities but he is unsure whether a part-time role, like that Edwards unsuccessfully held at London Irish, would work.
He added: “The one thing that concerns me is if he were to come on a part-time role, it’s a bit like asking for a pint of beer and someone giving you a can of shandy – it ain’t quite full power. But bringing him on board would be fantastic.”