Alex Brown to join Gloucester staff following retirement

Alex Brown

Former Gloucester lock Alex Brown has joined the club's backroom staff as rugby operations manager.

The 33-year-old was forced to retire in December after failing to recover from a shoulder injury.

Brown's new role will see him help out with line-out analysis and talent scouting - a similar job held by the late John Brain, who died last year.

"I've been doing the job since I was injured," the former England international told BBC Gloucestershire.

"I'm delighted with the way Gloucester have approached it. Being injured is a nightmare situation something that I didn't plan for at all.

"I genuinely thought I'd play for two or three more years and hopefully finish my career on my own terms.

"It didn't happen and to deal with that was tough. They've been massively supportive in helping me move from being a player to my future career."

Brown started his career at West Country rivals Bristol before switching to Gloucester in 2003.

He made 235 appearances for the Cherry and Whites, and was capped three times by his country.

Brown's career-ending injury happened on the first day of the current campaign against Northampton following a heavy tackle. He was initially ruled out for the season, but further tests revealed extensive damage.

Although he is no longer able to play, Brown is glad to still be involved behind the scenes at Kingsholm.

"I'm lucky to still be around with the team, " he added. "The feeling of missing rugby isn't as prominent at would be if I had nothing to do with it.

"I'm really grateful to have that."