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Former Ireland international David Humphreys is leaving his role as Gloucester's director of rugby at the end of June.

The 48-year old departs Kingsholm after six years in charge of the club, less than a month after the resignation of their head coach Johan Ackermann.

Ackermann previously ended his three-year stint after agreeing a move to Japan.

In a club statement, Humphreys says while he has loved every minute of his time at Gloucester, he says the challenges facing professional rugby as a result of Covid-19 have impacted his decision.

"It has been a huge honour to have played a small part in the history of this great Club. I have loved every minute of my time here and have been very fortunate to work with great coaches and support staff, and with great players. Over that time, we have built the foundations for a successful Club, both on and off the pitch, and last season’s 3rd place finish in the Premiership was a reflection of the progress that has been made.

"However, following Johan Ackermann’s departure last month, I took some time to review my own position at Gloucester and in light of many new challenges facing professional rugby as a result of Covid-19, I felt it was the right time for me to move on and a new Head Coach to come in and build on the work that has been done," he said.

The former Ulster DOR still had a year to run on his current contract, and said he will assist in the appointment of a new head coach.

It's believed former Wales assistant Rob Howley is a frontrunner, with his suspension for gambling offences set to end this month.

"Before leaving at the end of the month, I will continue to work closely with Martin, Lance Bradley, and the senior management team, to support the recruitment of a new Head Coach and to help ensure an easy transition back into training for the playing squad and staff."

The club say they hope to have a replacement for both Humphreys and Ackermann in place by early July.

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