Balding to leave Cinderford; off to Moseley

Former Gloucester captain Adam Balding has stood down as Cinderford head coach and will join National One rivals Birmingham Moseley as director of rugby.

Balding had been with the Foresters for the last three-and-a-half years but has decided to move into a full-time role.

Cinderford will now have to go through a coaching restructure for the 2019-20 season as Cinderford United boss Richard Planchart also leaving the set-up to take up the head coach role at Chosen Hill.

Balding was unable to prevent Cinderford from being relegated from National League One when he joined back in 2016 but helped rebuild the club to help them get back into the third tier of English rugby.

They won National Two South with a record point’s total of 143 from 30 games in the 2017-18 season and finished eighth in their first season back in National One.

Speaking to Gloucestershire Live, Balding said “Over the past three-and-a-half years I have enjoyed an incredible journey working alongside such a special group of players, coaches and back room staff which has seen great success both on and off the field.

Cinderford is a club which is not only traditional but also embraces all of the core values of grass roots rugby and this is magnified through director of rugby Paul Morris, who I personally want to thank for everything he has done and also I wish them well for next season.”

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