Laverie appointed Ayr head coach

Ayr assistant coach Peter Laverie has been appointed head coach of the RBS Premiership champions, after Kenny Murray accepted the assistant coach role at Glasgow Warriors.

Kenny MurrayGlasgow-born Murray, who led RBS Premiership side Ayr to a league and cup double last season, will join the Scotstoun-based side next month.

In the new full-time role he will work alongside existing coaches, Shade Munro and Matt Taylor, to support head coach Gregor Townsend.

Ayr RFC President Billy McHarg said: "The club would like to offer its congratulations to Kenny on his appointment to Glasgow Warriors.

“I'm sure he will be a huge asset to the professional side and will become an important part of Gregor's team.

“This is a positive a move for Scottish rugby, which further cements our already strong relationship with the Warriors.”

Laverie, who has been with the west coast club for five season, will lead Ayr back into the British & Irish Cup this year after, missing out on qualification last season.

He said: “This has all happened very quickly, first of all I’ll miss working with Kenny, we have worked together for a number of years both at Ayr and Cartha.

“It’ll be a big change but I’m delighted to take on the challenge and to continue to build this season on the strong foundations we have set. We have a very good group of players here.

“The British & Irish Cup is a great tournament that the players love competing in, it’s a step up and very different to the league and there’s a thrill to travelling around the UK. I’m very much looking forward to leading the team in this tournament this year.

“Finally, I wish Kenny all the best, he has certainly earned this position and I know he’ll give it his all. I know he will help bring the best out of the Glasgow Warriors players and that is something I’ll look to do with our players at Ayr.”