Mike Friday joins London Scottish as backs coach

London Scottish is pleased to announce that Mike Friday has agreed to become first team backs coach for an initial three month period.

Friday will assist James Buckland who has been promoted to acting head coach after Director of Rugby Simon Amor left the club last Wednesday to become England Sevens head coach.

41-year-old Friday brings a wealth of coaching experience to Scottish, having enjoyed spells at London Wasps, London Welsh, Blackheath and Rosslyn Park as well as nurturing the finest talent in English rugby at the RFU’s National Academy.

On the international sevens stage he has had great success with both England, leading them to four successive Hong Kong Sevens victories and a silver medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Games, and most recently with Kenya, taking them from 12th to fifth in the HSBC IRB World Sevens Series and fourth in the 2013 RWC.

As a player, the scrum-half spent most of his career at London Wasps and captained the England sevens side at the 1998 Commonwealth Games and 2001 World Cup.

London Scottish chief executive Kenny Baillie said: "Following Simon's appointment as head coach of the England Sevens team the Club knew it had to move quickly to recruit a specialist backs coach.

"We are delighted Mike has joined us and his primary role will be focusing on the back division and the squad’s core skills.”

He added: "London Scottish will continue to evaluate its rugby operations but we are very confident that James, Mike, Serge Betsen (assistant coach) and Tim Harper (head of strength and conditioning) will help us maintain our challenge in the Championship in the coming months.

Friday said: “I am looking forward to getting on the pitch with the boys and helping them develop as a team and individually whilst ensuring a winning brand of rugby that is enjoyable to play and watch.

“The Greene King IPA Championship is a highly competitive league and it will be a good challenge to assist Bucks (James Buckland) in plotting plans and patterns of attack and defence.”