Jim Thompson to be head coach at Stew Mel

Jim Thompson will be head coach at Stewart's Melville
Jim Thompson will be head coach at Stewart's Melville
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Stewart’s Melville will enter the new season with a fresh coaching team, seeking to make the step up to the top flight after coming close in each of the past two campaigns.

The Inverleith club reached the promotion play-off 12 months ago and narrowly missed out this time around, finishing in third spot behind champions Selkirk and GHA, who ultimately lost out to Stirling County in the showdown to decide who would play in the BT Premiership when the new campaign kicks off in August.

Taking charge of the backs will be Bruce Ruthven, who was full time rugby coordinator last season, when his remit spanned all levels from the school to the senior teams.

A former Scotland age group internationalist while playing at Melrose, he moved from a development role at Orkney, having also been director of rugby at Ledbury in England.

He will be joined by Neil Graham, who will continue to take charge of the forwards, having worked as an assistant to head coach Bruce Macnaughton in the past 12 months.

The team manager will be Jim Thompson, the former Edinburgh, London Scottish and Scotland sevens player who recently hung up his boots.