London Scottish are delighted to announce on the day of the 135th Anniversary of the Club that 13 players, including captain Mark Bright, have re-signed ahead of the 2013-14 season.
Bright heads up the list of players to have re-committed to Scottish as the Club enters its third season in the RFU Championship with the aim of further consolidating their position in the second flight of English rugby.
The Exiles have enjoyed a season of progression, having made the switch to a full-time, professional set-up in November 2012 and brought in new coaching staff including Serge Betsen and James Buckland. The change in structure has been credited with a surge in performance in the early stages of 2013 as Scottish defeated Bedford Blues, Nottingham and Cornish Pirates on their way to consolidating their position in the middle of the Championship table.
Along with Bright, re-signing players include James Love, Oli Grove, Jim Thompson, Tyler Hotson, Jamie Stevenson, Mark Irish, Paul Spivey, Andy Reay, PJ Gidlow, Adam Kwasnicki, Ben Russell and Tommy Spinks, as Scottish look to retain the core of this season’s squad.
Director of Rugby Simon Amor said: “So many of the re-signing players have been an integral part of the improvements we’ve made this season and have been key figures in helping create a positive team culture. To have that consistency for next season is tremendous.”
London Scottish have also demonstrated their commitment to developing young Scottish talent with the re-signings of both Stevenson and Spinks, who have this season been called up to represent Scotland A and Scotland U20s respectively.
Amor: “We’ve also managed to retain some young, up-an-coming guys with outstanding potential such as Jamie Stevenson and Tommy Spinks, which further demonstrates the ambition of this Club. The balance between senior players, team culture and the young players coming through is something we’re very proud of.”
Mark Bright said: “I’m delighted to have committed to playing for London Scottish next season and am very pleased that we have retained a large number of players from this season’s squad. These are extremely exciting times for the Club and I have thoroughly enjoyed being a part of its progression this year. I look forward to continue playing my role as we look to develop even further next season and I and the rest of the squad are excited by the challenges ahead.”
The announcement comes as London Scottish prepare to face Andy Robinson’s Bristol in their final home game of the season at the Richmond Athletic Ground this Saturday. Robinson’s tenure as Scotland head coach ended last November and his position as Director of Rugby at Bristol is his first in rugby management since then.