Laurie Fisher during his time as director of rugby for the Brumbies in 2014.
Laurie Fisher during his time as director of rugby for the Brumbies in 2014. ALAN PORRITT

Former Brumbies coach quits English club

AUSTRALIAN Laurie Fisher's time at Kingsholm is over, after his Gloucester side suffered an "unbelievable capitulation" to lose to Harlequins in the English Premiership on Saturday.

His decision to move on follows Gloucester's dramatic 30-27 loss at home, after leading 27-15 with eight minutes left to play.

The three-point loss left Gloucester in ninth position with just five wins from 17 matches, which included two draws.

Following the loss, Fisher tweeted: "Unbelievable capitulation. Clearly not good enough. My responsibility. Time to make room for someone else."

Gloucester later announced that they were aware of the tweet and weren't in a position to comment.

On Monday, however, the club announced via a statement that "Laurie Fisher has left the club with immediate effect".

"Fisher met with club officials over the past 48 hours and it was mutually agreed that he would leave his position," it said.

"Gloucester Rugby would like to place on record its thanks for Laurie's hard work and commitment during his time at the club, and would like to wish him well in his future endeavours."

Contacted by on Tuesday, Fisher said: "It's important to recognise when you've done all you can and you need to pass the baton."

His departure opens up the possibility of coming back to Australia to coach.

Fisher has previously coached the Brumbies between 2005-08 and returned in 2012 as an assistant under Jake White. He then co-coached alongside Stephen Larkham in 2014, after White sensationally quit following their final loss in 2013.

Fisher linked up with Gloucester after the 2014 season.

With Larkham moving on full-time to the Wallabies as an assistant coach, the Brumbies are yet to announce who will take over from him.

Melbourne Rebels coach Tony McGahan is coming under increasing pressure, following two huge losses to start the season.