McGee takes up head coach with Leeds Carnegie

Tommy McGee. Picture: Phil Wilkinson
Tommy McGee. Picture: Phil Wilkinson
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Former Boroughmuir prop forward Tommy McGee is today beginning his biggest job in rugby after being appointed head coach of English Championship side Leeds Carnegie.

The one-time Scotland A star, tipped as a future appointment at Edinburgh, takes over from Gary Mercer who was sacked after Carnegie could only draw with Plymouth Albion, who had not won since March.

McGee was expected to step up from forwards coach and take over the full reins in the summer when James Lowes returned to rugby league with Bradford Bulls, but has found the promotion only delayed.

The appointment will be good news for some Scottish clubs as McGee has maintained strong links north of the border.

Earlier this year he invited Bruce Aitchison, current Boroughmuir coach, to Yorkshire to spend several days assessing the methods of the full-time club while centre Alex Cox was also a guest.

McGee moved to England when Borders disbanded and his coaching teeth were cut with the Wharfedale club.