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Davies' man-management slammed

10th July 2014 12:57

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Scorned: Huia Edmonds

Former Gloucester hooker Huia Edmonds has hit out at sacked director of rugby Nigel Davies, describing him as 'a strange one.'

The Australian hooker has now moved to Narbonne after failing to secure a contract extension with Gloucester while Davies was still in charge.

Davies has been replaced by David Humphries in the chief role, with Brumbies head coach Laurie Fisher also moving to Kingsholm.

Edmonds added that Fisher would be better at interacting with the members of Gloucester's squad than his predecessor.

"It was a little bit disappointing because I really enjoyed my time at Gloucester and to not get another contract was a bit of a shock," Edmonds told the Gloucester Citizen.

"But that's rugby, players go in and out of contracts and you either stay or go. I wasn't wanted by Nigel so I had to go. Nigel was a strange one.

"We didn't really have the best relationship and I think he would admit that - I certainly can.

"He only had relationships with certain players and then nothing with others.

"That was really bad man management and that will be the difference when Laurie Fisher comes in as head coach.

"He's a very good man manager, he's great at one to ones and he will be studying up on every single player and looking at their pros and cons.

"You might look at him and think 'what the hell' but his rugby brain is absolutely outstanding, he works very hard and knows his stuff in and out.

"He's certainly up there with the very best coaches I have worked with simply because of the manner in which he manages players."

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