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Former Wasps assistant Brad Davis secures role back in the Premiership

Brad Davis will join the London Irish coaching set-up from the start of the 2019/20 Gallagher Premiership campaign.

The Australian was most recently with the Ospreys in the Guinness PRO14, where they won a play-off against Scarlets to gain entry into Champions Cup 2019/20. 

The 51-year-old has previously worked with Bath and Wasps in the Gallagher Premiership. The former rugby league player will link up from July 1 with the big-spending London Irish, who have invested heavily in new players following the Championship title success.

“I’m really excited at the opportunity to join London Irish. The club is steeped in history and is on an exciting journey as it moves into the Premiership next season,” said Davis.

“Having spoken at length with the club, I am excited about the vision and look forward to working in London Irish’s coaching team.”

Declan Kidney believes the appointment of Davis is a great coup for the newly-promoted Premiership club, stating: “He has a wealth of coaching experience working with some very good sides and has experience of playing in Europe.

“Brad will add a vast amount of knowledge to our coaching set-up and will complement the already great work our current coaches do. I know that Les (Kiss), George (Skivington) and Dec (Danaher) are really looking forward to having him on board.”

It was announced in May that Davis was to leave the Allen Clarke-led Ospreys after three seasons with the Welsh region he joined in 2016 when Steve Tandy was at the helm. 

At that time, Davis said: “This is a fascinating challenge for me, one that I can’t wait to get started on. Speaking at length to Steve Tandy, I couldn’t help but get excited about the direction in which the Ospreys are heading and where they want to go. His passion is infectious and the vision is clear.”

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Former Wasps assistant Brad Davis secures role back in the Premiership