Rugby: Craig Chalmers quits Chinnor coaching role

Craig Chalmers.  Picture: Ian Rutherford
Craig Chalmers. Picture: Ian Rutherford
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FORMER Scotland and Lions stand-off Craig Chalmers could be back on the market for a coaching appointment after quitting English lower league rugby side, Chinnor, without seeing them play.

Chalmers, 44, who enjoyed success at club level with Melrose but was unable to get a foot on the professional coaching ladder north of the border, moved south at the end of the season citing personal reasons.

He is understood to have informed Chinnor a 140-mile road trip from his home to training was proving impractical while he continues to be employed by a security firm in London with regular trips home to see his family. However, Chalmers told the Evening News before leaving Scotland that a clause in his rugby contract would allow him to move on if a position in the professional game was offered to him.

Chalmers, who has coached Scotland age-group and A sides, has previously been attached to the Edinburgh set-up he represented as a player in an observer capacity and many would like to see him appointed to a role reserved to allow a coach from the club scene to gain experience.

Glasgow last month appointed Ayr’s Kenny Murray and the Edinburgh place remains unoccupied.

Later today, new Edinburgh forwards coach Stevie Scott,a former club-mate of Chalmers, is due to front a “player-related press conference.”