New role for veteran prop
Ward to coach Newcastle's front row
Last Updated: 08/07/10 9:14am
Ward: New role
Experienced prop Micky Ward has stepped up to the Newcastle coaching team to look after the front row.
"He is fantastic with the other props here in terms of the advice he gives them, he's got the experience as a Premiership player himself and has a natural way about him with the way he gets his point across."
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The 31-year-old, who has made more than 250 appearances for the Falcons, will continue to play - however he will now take responsibility for developing the front row.
Ward is already a level three qualified coach and will replace the system where Newcastle used a front-row specialist from the RFU on an ad hoc basis.
And Newcastle head coach Alan Tait believes that Ward has a "huge amount to offer" to his fellow front-rowers at Kingston Park.
"Micky has been working his way through the coaching badges for a few years now and has been coaching with Newcastle University as well as his local club side, so he's not completely new to that side of things," Tait told the club's official site.
"He will obviously still train as a player and be in consideration from that point of view, but this really is the beginning of the next chapter for Micky because I believe he has a huge amount to offer this club.
"He is fantastic with the other props here in terms of the advice he gives them, he's got the experience as a Premiership player himself and has a natural way about him with the way he gets his point across.
"Micky will lead the scrummaging sessions as well as giving feedback and analysis to the players, and he has the full support of myself and Paul Moriarty.
"He has already started this week by taking his first session, the lads seemed to have responded well and it's just another small way in which we're looking to make gains this season."