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By Geoff Berkeley 31/05 Updated: 01/06 11:40
WORCESTER Warriors have appointed Frenchman Mathieu Rourre as their new attack coach.
Rourre, who has been released by Biarritz Olympique to work on a part-time basis at Warriors, will team up with a new-look coaching set-up ahead of next season, which has already seen the addition of forwards coach Nigel Redman and assisant forwards coach Phil Vickery.
Rourre has spent the last four years as academy director at Amlin Challenge Cup winners Biarritz, having previously taken on the responsibility of French national academy manager between 2003 and 2008 as well as coaching the France u19s from 2004 to 2007.
And Warriors head coach Richard Hill, who was first made aware of Rourre's abilities during his time at Bristol, said he was delighted to have secured the Frenchman's services.
"I first met Mathieu when I went to a conference in Marcoussis with Didier Retière and I got to know him very well. After that I went back to see him during my Bristol days and we would catch up and share ideas," Hill said.
"He is right up to date on the latest techniques and play in the modern game and I used to invite him over to Bristol. He would work with us on phase play and counterattack and the players at Bristol really enjoyed it. It was a different kind of work to what we had going on and we saw real results.
“I have always kept in touch with Mathieu and this is a big opportunity to get him involved with Warriors. He will come over to work with us and then when he returns to France he will continue his work and approach to our attack play."
“His big focus is staying on your feet. You take the ball into contact and use multi-phases, but his big philosophy is staying on your feet and looking to play."
“It is a completely different approach and it will take time to bed in, but we are very excited about this opportunity and what he can add to the Warriors."
Charlie Little, managing director at Warriors, added: “Richard Hill knows Mathieu well and has worked with him before in terms of an attack coach so was keen for him to join the Warriors and have an impact.
“Clearly it’s very advantageous to be assisted by someone not only with Mathieu’s skill set but also his international links with the French academy."
“He has spent many years at Marcoussis in the French academy set-up, has a good knowledge of young French talent, which is useful for future recruitment, and also knows the very latest successful playing styles and techniques employed in France.”
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