Ex-Wales hooker Mefin Davies takes Worcester backroom job

Former Ospreys, Leicester and Wales hooker Mefin Davies has joined the backroom staff at relegated English Championship club Worcester Warriors.

A 2005 Grand Slam winner, Davies, 41, has been given the title transition coach at Sixways.

He will help develop the club's academy forwards and assist with the club's senior pack.

The 41-times capped Davies, who has previously worked at Ospreys, is a former Swansea rugby club head coach.

Changes at Sixways for 2014-15

INS - Andries Pretorius (Cardiff Blues), Matt Cox, Ryan Mills, Dan George (all Gloucester), GJ Van Velze (Northampton), Charlie Mulchrone, Dan Sanderson, Ben Sowrey (all Rotherham), Joe Rees (Ospreys), Heath Stevens (Plymouth Albion), Sam Smith (Harlequins), Niall Annett (Ulster), Nick Schonert (Cheetahs), Tom Biggs (Bath), Ryan Bower (Leicester), Darren O'Shea (Munster), Jean-Baptiste Bruzulie (Le Pays d'Aix)

OUTS - Euan Murray (Glasgow), Josh Matavesi (Ospreys), David Lemi (Bristol), Chris Brooker (Bristol), Mariano Galarza (Gloucester), Ed Shervington (Wasps), Jeremy Becasseau (Stade Francais), Paul Andrew (Cornish Pirates), Dean Schofield (London Welsh), Jake Abbott, John Andress, Paul Hodgson, Chris Jones, Semisi Taulava

"There are already some hugely talented young players in the squad who need to be nurtured in the most productive way," said Davies.

"I am also looking forward to working with first-team players ahead of what will be an exciting season so it is a great time to be joining the club."

Warriors director of Rugby Dean Ryan said: "Mefin was part of successful sides throughout his playing career and understands the environment needed to help players realise their potential.

"We have placed a significant emphasis on our academy structure as we recognise the importance it will play."

Davies's appointment further strengthens the backroom team at Sixways following this summer's arrival of Chris Hart as head of strength and conditioning and three more fitness coaches Will Whitney, Samuel Coe and Richard Westman.

Worcester, who were relegated from the Aviva Premiership last season, travel to Bristol on the opening day of the 2014-15 campaign.

Meanwhile, Warriors have parted company with former England international lock forward Dean Schofield. who has signed for promoted London Welsh.

The 35-year-old, who spent two seasons at Sixways after signing from French giants Toulon in 2012, becomes the ninth departing Warriors players to fix himself up with a new club.

In addition, flanker Jake Abbott, who has not been offered a new deal at Sixways, is training with Worcester's Championship rivals Nottingham.