7 Jun, 15:39
ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.
Speaking about the appointment Walkinshaw said "Bryan's playing record speaks for itself and, as a coach, he has quickly earned the respect of the playing squad and his peers."
"Bryan is extremely excited to be appointed Head Coach of such a big club and he will review the squad and add his own stamp in due course."
Dean Ryan moved to Gloucester from Bristol in 2002 and went on to win a European Challenge Cup trophy in 2006
Gloucester will face Newport Gwent Dragons, Biarritz Olympique and Glasgow Warriors in Pool for of the Heineken Cup with the action getting underway on the weekend of 19/10/11 October.