Former Wales coach Mike Ruddock has taken up a newly-created role of performance director with struggling Welsh side Ospreys.
Ruddock was initially brought in for one month on a consultancy basis to compile a report on processes within the Ospreys set-up, but will now continue with the region until the end of the season.
Ospreys have struggled badly in the PRO14 and have recorded just one win in the current campaign which came over Italian side Benetton back in October. They parted company with head coach Allen Clarke at the end of November.
Ruddock, father of Leinster and Ireland flanker Rhys, led Wales to a Six Nations grand slam in 2005 and has also coached Lansdowne and the Ireland and Leinster U-20s.
"It's all about setting up the processes and systems we need to drive the region forward in the future," the 59-year-old told the Ospreys' website.
"Part of my role is to support and challenge the coaches and to look at how we strengthen the coaching team for next season.
"We have to replace Matt Sherratt, who leaves at the end of the season (to join Worcester), so we have to look at recruitment and retention for next season. That is on the coaching side and the playing side.
"But it's also about looking at the environment and having real cohesion and an alignment between all the different areas of the rugby operation, with good communication and accountability across the club in general."
Speaking about his initial report, Ruddock said: "It's designed to help shape the future of the Ospreys.
"Part of the report outlined the need for more manpower in and around the coaching group. That meant looking at the right coaching model for the Ospreys.
"Going forward, we will consider the model needed in greater detail and the skill-set we require to create an ongoing culture of excellence."
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