Rugby: Philip handed the reins at Haddington

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Former Scotland centre Tom Philip is heading back into rugby union as head coach at Haddington.

Philip, 28, played for Scotland throughout the 2004 Six Nations and was tipped as a future Lion when afflicted by injury.

After a couple of comebacks Philip played pro rugby league and has worked as a fitness and conditioning adviser with old club, Edinburgh Accies.

Haddington President Andrew Cunningham said: “We are absolutely delighted. Tom brings an outstanding pedigree.

The appointment comes as the culmination of a two month review of our rugby set up, followed by a selection process which drew from a hugely impressive list. Our interview panel was greatly impressed by the passion and enthusiasm Tom brought and the freshness and clarity of his thinking.  We hope to make further announcements on the coaching and playing front shortly.” 

Philip added: “I am delighted to find a Club whose ambition and philosophy matches mine and I look forward to restoring Haddington to their rightful position in Scottish Rugby. This is just the step I was looking for in my coaching career.”

Haddington will play in the newly-formed Championship B next season.