Edinburgh Accies today filled a coaching void by appointing the experienced Phil Leck to succeed Jonny Else.
The Capital outfit, who had to come through a play-off against Stewart’s Melville to preserve Premiership status, moved quickly when Leck failed to agree terms with Hawick after a two-year stint.
Previously Leck had spent seven years coaching the Sale Sharks “A” side and his move north coincided with a switch to Edinburgh Rugby by his son, Chris, a scrum half who shared in the famous Heineken European Cup win over Toulouse but has now been released amidst injury problems.
Leck has been coaching Scotland’s club international team and starts work at Raeburn Place this weekend.
He said: “I’m excited to be joining a club with Accies’ heritage and, more importantly, their heart and passion for the game. Accies have a structured and positive approach to both the playing side and also the long-term development of its players and infrastructure.
“The club has a great pool of young, talented and committed players to develop and work with and I’m looking forward to getting to know them during pre-season and preparing them for the 2014-15 campaign.”
Accies director of rugby, Bob Easson, led the search.
• Edinburgh Rugby have awarded a senior contract to Scotland Under-19 captain, Jamie Ritchie, from Strathallan School and Howe of Fife. Ritchie, 17, is in New Zealand with the Scotland Under-20 squad.
• Scotland summer tour prop Kyle Traynor is in the Bristol squad to meet London Welsh in Oxford tonight in the first leg of the English championship play-off but there is no place for Edinburgh loanee Stuart McInally or Ross Rennie, recently injured. Gordon Ross (ex-Edinburgh) turns out for London Welsh.
• National League Watsonians and Premier champs Melrose have announced an agreement to dual register players next season.