11 May 2023
The Club can today confirm that Academy Backs Coach James Lightfoot Brown will take up the Attack Coach position at Gloucester Rugby ahead of the 2023/24 season.
Lightfoot Brown joined the coaching staff at London Irish in 2015, after representing England 7s in his playing career.
“We wish James all the best for the future and look forward to seeing him continue his development as a coach,” said Declan Kidney, Director of Rugby.
“James has played a big part in the development of our younger players, many of these players are regularly in our matchday squads. He has been an important part of our coaching setup over the past few years, and he will be missed around Hazelwood.”
“I’ve had an incredible time in my eight years at London Irish and I can’t thank everyone at the Club enough,” said Lightfoot Brown.
“The decision to leave was not one that was taken lightly but one I felt I had to make at this stage in my career. I’ll be leaving behind amazing memories and some great friends who will remain so beyond my time at the Club.
“I’d like to thank Declan Kidney, the first team coaches, the staff and in particular Les Kiss for the role he has played in my time at the Club. I’d also like to thank Patrick O’Grady and the Academy staff, who do such a fantastic job at nurturing the Club’s upcoming talent.
“The future of London Irish is incredibly bright with the talent they have on and off the pitch and I wish Irish all the best for the future.”