Phil Greening to coach London Welsh

Greening, 33, who has been assisting the Dragons on a consultancy basis since February, takes up the full-time Assistant Coach role as the club prepares for the start of the new Championship and British & Irish Cup.

Greening won 24 England caps between 1996-2001, including featuring in the 1999 World Cup, and toured Australia with the 2001 Lions. He also gained representative honours with England at U16, U18, Colts, U21, England A and Sevens.

Having begun his career at Gloucester in 1994, Greening joined Wasps from Sale in March 2000, helping the club to three successive Premiership titles between 2002/03-2004/05, as well as the Heineken Cup in 2003/04 and the Parker Pen Challenge Cup in 2002/03.

He was forced to retire in October 2005 from a foot injury sustained in Wasps 2005 Guinness Premiership final victory over Leicester Tigers.

A former England Sevens captain, Greening’s first venture in to coaching came in 2007 as assistant coach to Mike Friday.

Following his retirement from rugby, Greening worked with Standard Chartered Bank. Based in Asia, he was the Associate Director of global client relations for three years.

“I’m delighted to have the opportunity to work with Danny (Wilson) as he is a very talented young coach and we share the same desire and mindset. It will be a great learning curve for me to work along side him,” said Greening.

“I’m really excited to be part of a club that is growing and is hugely ambitious for the future. London Welsh is a great club at which to develop my coaching skills in a day to day hands on environment – something I did not have much opportunity to do with England Sevens.

“It’s also a club where I can bring my own style, along with lessons and styles I have been fortunate to learn from working with great players and coaches, such as Clive Woodward, Warren Gatland, Sean Edwards, John Mitchell and Mike Friday.

“I feel my experiences in my rugby career, both good and bad, along with my experiences at Standard Chartered Bank, can not only help towards building a strong club but can also develop individuals within London Welsh to become a successful.”

“Phil is a tremendous acquisition to the coaching staff at London Welsh and I’m delighted that he’ll be with us going forward,” said London Welsh Head Coach Danny Wilson.

“In the short time he’s been at the club Phil’s impressed me immensely with his eye for detail and his enthusiasm, and the players have really taken to him.

“Not only will Phil bring a defensive edge to our game, which was missing last season, but his eye for detail will undoubtedly assist in developing individual players’ skill levels both in attack and defence.

“Phil also brings incredibly high standards from a career spent at the top end of the professional game – standards that we aspire to at London Welsh having only turned professional a year ago.”

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