Pugh takes on coaching role with Whites
RICHIE Pugh has returned to Swansea, his hometown club, as the skills and defence coach of the Whites.
Former Ospreys flanker Pugh left the Scarlets at the end of last season, and the 30-year-old succeeds another ex-Osprey at St Helen's.
Ben Lewis, who retired from playing at the age of just 24 after a serious neck injury two years ago, has taken time out from the game to travel the world.
Pugh will take his place in the Whites' backroom set-up, linking up with head coach Mefin Davies and team manager Ian Hopkins.
As well as playing for the Ospreys, Exeter and Scarlets, Pugh has also been a fixture in the Wales Sevens side in recent years.
He was a part of the 2009 World Cup-winning squad — scoring a try in the final — and featured regularly in the IRB Sevens World Series.
It was at Swansea where he cut his teeth as a professional, and the Whites are thrilled to have him back.
"We are delighted to have someone of Richie's calibre here," said Hopkins.
"He's recently been involved with rugby at the highest level, and it's great for him to come back to his home club."
Swansea have also signed fly-half Justin Lewis.
A 27-year-old originally from Ammanford, Lewis has previously played in Australia and the French second tier, but is currently struggling with a hamstring injury.