London Scottish are pleased to announce that Brett Taylor will be joining the club as Head Coach. Previously with Richmond, who have gained promotion to National League 3 under his tutelage, Taylor will take up his new position on October 1st.
Prior to his appointment as Director of Rugby at Richmond, Taylor was Academy Director at Northampton Saints for five years from 1997-2002. He was then Assistant Coach with the US Eagles from 2003-06, combining this with his role as Head Coach at Rugby Lions.
“I am very excited at the prospect of joining London Scottish, and by the new opportunities which this will present”, said Taylor. “The club’s ambition is to return to the elite level, and their recent signing of top quality players confirms that they mean business. It has always been my wish to test myself at the highest levels, and I believe that London Scottish will give me the chance to do this.”
Taylor played scrum half for Northampton, the Army and Combined Services, and represented Scotland at Under 18, Under 20 and B levels. In addition to his overall coaching responsibilities, he will be keeping an eye on the Development and Academy teams, and the recruitment of young Scottish qualified players. “London Scottish have supplied more players to the Scottish team than any other club, and they are inextricably linked to the game in Scotland,” he said. “I believe that there is a great opportunity for the club, once again, to start producing players of high calibre for the international side.”
Commenting on the appointment, London Scottish President, Rod Lynch, said, “I am delighted that we have secured Brett’s services as Head Coach. Of those who applied for the post when it was advertised, he was the outstanding candidate, and I am certain that he will help the club fulfil its ambition to return to the top tier.”