London Scottish Rugby is delighted to announce that Matt Williams has joined the Club as Director of Rugby and Stevie Scott will step up as Head Coach for the upcoming season.
Matt Williams joins the London Scottish clan from Thame-based side Chinnor, where he has been Director of Rugby and Head Coach for six seasons.
When Williams joined Chinnor towards the end of the 2013/14 season, they were lying in the bottom half of National 2, but he was able to steer his side to promotion into National 1 in the 2018/19 season and since then they have been a dominant force.
Growing up, Williams played alongside the likes of David Flatman, Steve Borthwick, Alex Sanderson, Andy Goode and Adam Balding. He is the only player in that age group to play at every junior level internationally for England (Under 16, 18, 19, 21).
Not only into his rugby, Williams has also worked in the entertainment business alongside Beyonce Knowles, MTV and Disney and he has also produced several TV shows and movies.
“I’m excited to be joining the Exiles as the Club moves into the next chapter of its deep history and I’m looking forward to working with a coach with such a stellar CV as Stevie Scott.”
“I’m under no illusions of the task ahead as we fight budget restrictions and the transition into semi-professional rugby, but in a world where we need excitement and happiness in our lives post Covid-19, I’m confident I can build a squad and culture that will make the Exiles’ family proud to support”, said Williams.
Former Scotland international Stevie Scott joined the Exiles ahead of the 2019/20 season as forwards coach and, towards the end of last season, he took on the role of interim head coach.
Having had an outstanding playing career, which included representing his country 11 times (he made his debut in Auckland in 2000 against New Zealand) and the Barbarians, Scott then made the switch to coaching.
The 45-year-old’s coaching career started off with Selkirk in 2006 before working for the SRU Academy. In 2010 Premiership Rugby side Sale Sharks came calling, before Scott’s first international coaching job in 2013 as assistant coach with the Scotland national side. He also spent three seasons as forwards coach with Edinburgh Rugby between 2013-17.
On stepping up Scott said: “I’m delighted for the opportunity to be Head Coach next season. Unfortunately, last season finished prematurely, but the boys were making good progress and I’m really looking forward to getting started and pushing the team forward again next season in a highly competitive Championship”.