Kvesic turns to Fisher to boost form

Date published: August 25 2014

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Gloucester flanker Matt Kvesic believes the Cherry and Whites' new head coach Laurie Fisher will help him to regain his best form.

Gloucester flanker Matt Kvesic believes the Cherry and Whites' new head coach Laurie Fisher will help him to regain his best form.

Kvesic joined Gloucester from Worcester Warriors before the 2013/14 season but he will be the first to admit he didn't play to his full potential during his first season at the Kingsholm-based club.

But he is confident Fisher's appointment as Gloucester's new head coach will do wonders for his game.

Fisher joined Gloucester from the Brumbies and is renowned as a back row specialist who played a huge role in the development of Wallabies foragers David Pocock, Michael Hooper and Liam Gill.

“I didn't know a huge amount about Laurie but I asked around a few of the coaches and I have not heard a bad word said,” Kvesic told the Gloucester Citizen.

“That's really exciting for me, I know he has worked very closely with Hooper, Liam Gill and Pocock down there. It will be really exciting to see how the season starts and I'm looking forward to working with the new guys.

“I want to take each game as it comes and live in the moment rather than worrying about this or that.

“I can't over think it or put too much pressure on myself, I have to go out there and enjoy it.

“I didn't necessarily feel pressure but as you saw last year things weren't perfect at the club and whether it was systems or not I just didn't play my best rugby.

“It becomes a bit of a monkey on the back if you have a bad game. You try to brush it off the next week but if it doesn't go that well again it begins to eat away at you.

“At the beginning of the season you are still settling in and learning calls but at the end of the year there was just no excuse.

“I have to be natural, more instinctive and just enjoy going out there to play in front of the Shed.”

Kvesic is relishing the start of the season and hopes to put pressure on England captain Chris Robshaw for his position as the country's first-choice openside flanker at Test level.

“There's no reason why I can't challenge Chris for that jersey but maybe it was in the back of my mind a bit too much last season,” added Kvesic.

“I'm not going to worry about that, my main focus is on Gloucester. It's a big year outside of the club but if I start worrying about that it will take away from my game here.

“It's going to be a good year, it won't come straight away, boys are still learning and it's a long-term goal. But we want to be at least a top six side.”

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