Coaching changes ahead of new FOSROC Super6 season
During the close season, there have been changes to the coaching staff at four of the FOSROC Super6 clubs.
After former Head Coach Pete Horne left Ayrshire Bulls to take up a role with his former club, Glasgow Warriors, Pat MacArthur has returned to replace his own successor.
MacArthur made way for Horne at the start of the year but will be Head Coach of the Bulls again, with Frazier Climo as his assistant and Elias Cavan in a player/coach role leading on strength and conditioning.
Heriot’s Rugby announced yesterday that Stuart Edwards and Fin Gillies will take up joint Head Coach roles.
Stuart Edwards said: “I am excited about the opportunity and to be working with Fin. We are mates who have a similar philosophy of how the game should be played and we are comfortable challenging each other to get the best out of our coaching both individually and collectively. This club means a lot to both of us, and we are excited to work with the squad to produce performances that everyone at Heriot’s Rugby Club can be proud of. It’s been an incredibly busy time over the last couple of months, but we have worked hard to put ourselves in the best possible place for the Super6 Championship starting in August.”
Fin Gilles added: “I am excited, if not a little nervous for the upcoming season. To be sharing this honour with Edo (Stuart Edwards) is not only a great opportunity for us individually but a huge responsibility that we feel privileged to take on. Edo and I have a good personal and working relationship and we see the game in the same way. We will work as hard as we possibly can to ensure that Heriot’s Super6 team performs to its absolute maximum potential. We know this will be a challenge and for as long as we are in the position of joint head coach we will give the players, the management, medical team, and everyone involved with the club everything we have.”
Stirling Wolves will be joined by their former player Adam Ashe as their new defence and contact coach following Scott Lawson’s appointment as a Specialist Skills Coach with Scottish Rugby.
Ashe said: ““I’m really excited to be joining the coaching team at Stirling Wolves.
“I came through the club as a junior rugby player and have so many great memories playing in the jersey.
“I always had a dream of coming back and coaching after I finished playing.
“I think the Super6 team has taken big strides forward over the last couple of years and this team is now at a point where it has the ability to win this season’s FOSROC Super6 competition.”
Southern Knights also have a new defence coach as Alan Tait joins the club.
Alan previously worked with the Scotland team and the Borders Reivers in the same role.
Alan said: ““It’s great to be back involved in coaching and working with the future talent of Scottish Rugby.
“Defence is a real passion of mine so I’m excited to be working with this talented group of players and coaching group and look forward to the season ahead.”