Cardiff Rugby are pleased to add Scott Andrews to the senior coaching team ahead of the 2023-24 season.
The former tight-head prop, who made 189 appearances in 13 seasons for the club, recently stepped into coaching within the academy and as a player-coach for Cardiff RFC.
But following the departure of Duane Goodfield and Thomas Rhys Thomas at the end of last season, Andrews, who also won 14 Welsh caps, has been promoted to the first team squad to lead the forwards.
He is the second appointment made by new head coach Matt Sherratt, following the appointment of Gethin Jenkins as defence coach on a consultancy basis.
Sherratt said: “I think people can see that both the player and staff recruitment has targeted individuals with a connection to the club, who possess a drive to succeed, as that is what’s required in this period.
“Having coached Scott previously I know his personality will be a perfect fit for our group. He cares about the club and builds great relationships with players from academy lads to senior internationals. He also has a very good understanding of the game so that mix makes Scott a coach with a great deal of potential.”
Andrews assisted Cardiff’s Under-16s and Under-18s while playing and also amassed further experience working with Cardiff University in recent seasons, helping them to a first BUCS semi-final.
And after continuing that development with the Rags, he is grateful for the opportunity to step up to the Blue and Blacks’ senior squad.
He said: “This is obviously a club that means a lot to me and has done a lot for me in my playing career and coaching career.
“I want to repay that loyalty by helping the club in what is a rebuilding period and I’m very grateful to them for the opportunity.
“I have a good relationship with the players and staff at the club and there is a huge amount of established talent and emerging potential.
“The season ahead presents a big challenge but it is one we are all relishing and look forward to turning out at the Arms Park with our unrivalled supporters beside us.”