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By Geoff Berkeley Thursday 06 December 2012 Updated: 07/12 09:30
FORMER England captain Phil Vickery says he is beginning to ease into his role at Worcester Warriors as he embarks on a new chapter in his glittering career.
The legendary prop, who was a member of the 2003 Rugby World Cup winning side, was announced as assistant forwards coach at Warriors in May which sent a strong signal of the club's intent this season.
But Vickery, 36, told the Standard it had taken time to adjust since his arrival at Sixways as he makes his first steps into coaching at the highest level following a hugely successful playing career for club and country.
"It has been going really well," Vickery said.
"It is a new area for me. I wanted to stay involved in the game because it is something I dearly love. But it is very difficult as far as coaching and the management side is concerned."
"But I have got an opportunity here, with my one day a week at the club, which I really enjoy."
Vickery, whose only other coaching experience came as a consultant at National One outfit Cinderford, admitted head coach Richard Hill, forwards coach Nigel Redman and the vastly experienced Phil Larder had been key to helping him settle in at Warriors.
"It is all new, so you're out of your comfort zone as I have not really done anything like this before," Vickery added.
"But I am learning, listening and watching and trying to have an input. But ultimately Richard, Nigel and Phil Larder have been around a long time and hopefully I can absorb stuff from them.
"I want to get involved with good people, good coaches and a good club and I think Worcester ticks all those boxes."
"We have had a couple of dodgy decisions which haven't helped us but I can't fault the effort of the players and I can't fault the effort of the supporters. The people here genuinely have been nothing but welcoming to me. I can't have asked for it to have gone any better."
Phil Vickery, ambassador for children's charity Wooden Spoon, was speaking to The Standard at the opening of Fort Royal Community Primary School's new play area.
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