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COVENTRY have parted company with player and defence coach James Pritchard as part of a mid-season review.

Said director of rugby, Rowland Winter: “At the halfway point in the season, it’s key that we look at where we are, recognise the areas where we are strong and look to correct our weaknesses in preparation for our next step forward.

“There are few teams within the league who have scored more points than us, and whilst we have lots of fine tuning to do, we are in a good place with our attack.

“In contrast, our defence has not been up to the standard we require and whilst we have seen some improvements, it has not been consistent enough.

“We need to improve in this area and it’s important that we continue to build. Whilst I don’t expect a quick fix, the plan we have put in place to build going forward does not now  involve James.

“We would like to thank James for his effort and commitment to Coventry Rugby, which cannot be faulted, and we wish him well for his future.”