Davies warns of big test
FORMER Scarlets head coach Nigel Davies believes the biggest challenge facing the region's new coaching team will be off-field issues.
Davies, who this week was formally unveiled as Gloucester's new director of rugby, has backed head coach Simon Easterby to take the region forward this season with Mark Jones and Danny Wilson alongside him.
However, Davies also issued a word of caution, saying that external pressures go hand in hand with the job and adding that former Wales coach Gareth Jenkins — the region's head of development and recruitment — will have a central role to play in the coming campaign.
"Yes, they are a young coaching team, but in terms of their technical knowledge and expertise there are no issues," he said.
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"It all depends on how they manage other stuff away from what happens on the field, which is going to be difficult and more challenging.
"The Scarlets are aware of that and the club are working hard to address these issues.
"Simon is a very dedicated coach and very thorough. He has huge respect from the players there and his coaching has developed very well over the last couple of years.
"He understands what it takes for a side to be successful and will create a culture and environment that will allow people to do that."
On the subject of Jenkins, Davies added: "When you talk about the coaching group, Gareth Jenkins is fundamental to how the Scarlets move forward."
Wales centre Jonathan Davies, meanwhile, has undergone surgery on the groin problem that forced him to miss the end of last season's domestic campaign.