Hartpury students will benefit from the opportunity to receive specialist rugby training from former Premiership rugby player Ryan Lamb.
It follows his exciting appointment as backs and attack coach for Hartpury University RFC – the only student-led side in the Championship.
The rugby pathway at Hartpury means students can play for Hartpury College and then Hartpury University – based on the same 360-hectare campus – and Hartpury University RFC.
Lamb’s distinguished playing career started with his home-town club Gloucester, and went on to encompass spells at London Irish, Northampton, Leicester Tigers, Worcester Warriors, La Rochelle and the Scarlets.
Lamb said: “I feel very privileged and excited to have this massive opportunity.
“Hartpury is clearly one of the best places in the country to be able to develop, either as a player or a coach.
“You’ve only got to look at the number of players who have come through the system here – whether that’s at college, at the university or in the Championship – and gone on to professional, and even international, rugby to be able to see that.
“It’s an ideal chance for me to transition from playing professionally into coaching and I feel very excited to be in this position.
“Hartpury now stands alone, in its own right, as a centre for rugby development.
“I was aware of it, back in the early days, when I was coming through at Gloucester and to see where it has got to now, and to have a chance to become a part of that development tradition, is fantastic.”
More than 200 Hartpury alumni have played international rugby or signed professional contracts around the world, including British Lions and Wales rugby star Ross Moriarty and Wales and Gloucester Rugby teenaged sensation Louis Rees-Zammit.
Lamb’s arrival at Hartpury reunites him with former Gloucester team-mates Mark Cornwell – the Head Coach of Hartpury’s Championship squad – and James Forrester, who now combines his role as a coach to Hartpury University’s student teams with a recently-announced job as deputy to Sean Lynn, Head Coach of Gloucester-Hartpury Women’s RFC.
Rugby students at Hartpury – one of the world’s leading sports education institutions – have access to a range of world class-facilities.
Hartpury’s new £8.8 million Sports Academy includes a including a biomechanics laboratory, a rehabilitation suite featuring an anti-gravity treadmill, and a human performance laboratory with an altitude chamber, and a sports hall.
As well as running Hartpury University RFC, Premier 15s club Gloucester-Hartpury Women's RFC and Hartpury University FC, Hartpury is the training centre for Gloucester Rugby and has strong relationships with England Rugby, Cheltenham Town Football Club, Bristol Rovers Football Club, GB Rowing, Exeter City Football Club, Pentathlon GB and Olympic champion equestrian coaches and athletes.
Picture: Ryan Lamb (second left) with former Gloucester Rugby team-mates James Forrester (left) and Hartpury Head Coach Mark Cornwell (right). Also pictured is Hartpury Director of Rugby John Barnes