Three of Scotlandâ€™s age-grade international teams have new head coaches this season. Colin Robertson is with the Scotland u20 team, Grant McKelvey with the u18 squad, and Bryan Easson with the u17s.Three of Scotlandâ€™s age-grade international teams have new head coaches this season. Colin Robertson is with the Scotland u20 team, Grant McKelvey with the u18 squad, and Bryan Easson with the u17s.
None, though, is a newcomer to the national age-grade set-up. Robertson was previously head coach of the national u18 team, and McKelvey has moved from the same role with the u17s. Easson steps up from being assistant with the u17s.
Two Premier One club coaches, Bob McKillop, of Heriotâ€™s, and Boroughmuirâ€™s Eamon John, will be Robertsonâ€™s assistants with Scotland u20. McKillop was with that squad last season whereas John was assistant to Scotland u19 head coach Peter Wright, who continues in that role.
Graham Shiel, the former Melrose and Scotland centre, has been brought in to replace John as u19 assistant coach.
Henry Edwards, Scottish Rugbyâ€™s head of player development, who announced the appointments today, commented: â€œWe are confident that we have very strong management groups, and we look forward to building on the good work of last year.â€
Scottish Rugbyâ€™s performance and player development personnel are heavily involved in the age-grade team management. Robertson, Wright, and Shiel are National Academy coaches whereas Easson is performance development manager in East Lothian and Borders. McKelvey has the equivalent role in Edinburgh, Midlothian, and West Lothian.
The u20s will have the busiest programme of Scotlandâ€™s three age-grade teams with that age groupâ€™s Six Nations Championship in February and March and the IRB world championship in Wales in June. The u18 squad visit Ireland to play in the Six Nationsâ€™ Festival in Cork in April, and the u17s will be seeking to emulate the Scots who last season achieved their own grand slam with three wins in three games in the Millfield School Festival in Somerset.
Scottish Rugbyâ€™s national age-grade management and medical teams for this season are:
Head coach â€“ Colin Robertson
Assistant coaches â€“ Bob McKillop and Eamon John
Manager â€“ John Jeffrey
Fitness coach â€“ Mark Drury
Doctor â€“ Jonathan Hanson
Physio â€“ Matt Merrick
Head coach â€“ Peter Wright
Assistant coach â€“ Graham Shiel
Assistant manager â€“ Ian Tomney
Fitness coach â€“ Andy Boyd
Doctor â€“ Brian Walker
Physio â€“ Paul McGinlay
Head coach â€“ Grant McKelvey
Assistant coaches â€“ Graham Marshall and Alex Duncan
Manager â€“ Euan Kennedy
Assistant manager â€“ Paul Kesterton
Fitness coach â€“ Val Houston
Doctor â€“ Mike Proudfoot
Physio â€“ Torgny Johansen
Head coach â€“ Bryan Easson
Assistant coach â€“ Gordon Henderson
Manager â€“ Rob Charters
Fitness coach â€“ Ian Cleland
Doctor â€“ John Turvill
Physio â€“ Kate Morris