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Alumni News: King joins Wales

Everyone at UBRFC are thrilled to see that Alex King has been selected in Warren Gatland's Wales coaching team for the upcoming six nations where Alex has been selected as the Welsh Attack Coach.

Everyone at the University wishes Alex all the best in his new position. Alex only a few months ago was working with the performance squad as they prepped for the new season. Hopefully we can get Alex back soon.

Article taken from BBC

Head coach Warren Gatland has appointed Alex King and Mike Forshaw to replace Stephen Jones and Gethin Jenkins in Wales' backroom staff.

King will return to the attack coach role he held temporarily in 2017 when Gatland was with the British and Irish Lions.

Forshaw arrives from Sale and will replace defence coach Jenkins.

King and Forshaw join Jonathan Humphreys and Neil Jenkins, who are retained from Wayne Pivac's set-up.

"I'm delighted Alex and Mike are joining the Wales coaching team," said Gatland.

"They both have plenty of experience as players and coaches, which will be hugely important to the development of the squad through the Six Nations and beyond.

"I'd like to thank Sale Sharks for their co-operation in the process and allowing Mike to take up this position with Wales.

"We have less than a month to our first Six Nations match against the number one side in the world which, as I've said before, is a great challenge to have first up and one that we are very excited about as a coaching group.

"Having our first match this championship at home will be very special and I'm looking forward to getting back out at Principality Stadium in front of the best fans in rugby."

Former England fly-half King, 47, was previously part of the backroom team under Rob Howley, who had been tipped to return as attack coach.

He played alongside Howley under Gatland at Wasps and was part of their Heineken Cup-winning sides in 2004 and 2007.

King left to join French side Clermont in 2007, where he moved into coaching before joining Northampton in 2013.

He was part of the backroom staff that guided the Saints to the Premiership title the following year before leaving Northampton to take up a position with Montpellier, after being a temporary part of the Wales set-up.

After a three-year stint in France King joined Gloucester, before leaving in the summer of 2022.

"I am immensely proud to be part of the Wales coaching team again," added King.

"I thoroughly enjoyed my previous time working with the squad.

"There are some talented players in Wales, so I am really excited by this new opportunity and can't wait to get stuck in."

Well done Alex!

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