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Former Wasps assistant Brad Davis secures role back in the Premiership

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Ex-Wasps and Bath assistant Brad Davis is back in the Premiership at London Irish following at stint at PRO14's Ospreys (Photo by David Jones/Getty Images)

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

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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.”

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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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finn 9 hours ago
Massive red flag raised by weakened Champions Cup teams – Andy Goode

I wonder if the problem of some teams not taking it that seriously would be helped by making performance in the champions cup count towards qualification and/or seeding in the following year’s competition. Eg. top four seeds would be winners of the URC, premiership, and top 14, plus best performing team in the previous year’s CC who have not otherwise qualified. Doing that the seedings for this years comp. would have been: Tier one: Saracens - Munster - Toulouse - la Rochelle Tier two: Sale - Stormers - Racing 92 - Leinster Tier three: Leicester - Connacht - Bordeaux - Exeter Tier four: Northampton - Ulster - Lyon - Sharks Tier five: Harlequins - Glasgow - Stade Francais - Edinburgh Tier six: Bath - Bulls - Toulon - Ospreys The competition would probably work better with fewer teams, so I’d probably favour only the first 4 tiers being invited, and then going straight to a quarter final without a round of 16. On the one hand this would possibly incentivise teams to take the champions cup seriously, and on the other it would mean that the latter stages would be more likely to involve teams that have demonstrated a willingness to take the competition seriously. The main differences between my proposed system and the actual draw is that mine would give la Rochelle a fairly easy ride to the quarters, and would either exclude the Bulls entirely or would give then an insurmountably difficult draw. As it happened Exeter got quite an easy pool draw but that was a bit of a fluke. My system would reward Exeter for being one of the teams that demonstrably devote a lot of attention to the CC by guaranteeing them a good draw.

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