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Championship Coach Close-up: Simon Amor

02 March 2012

  • London Scottish Head Coach reviews the season ahead of the play-offs
  • "Scottish are a club with huge potential so I am enjoying my role here immensely" - Amor

London Scottish Head Coach Simon Amor

Photo: RFU Archive

London Scottish head into the play-offs at the top of Pool C, having climbed two places on the final week of stage 1 with a 15-0 win over Rotherham Titans.

Head Coach Simon Amor has been at the club since 2008 when he joined as a player/Assistant Coach.

He then took over from former Director of Rugby Brett Taylor in May 2010 and assumed the role of Head Coach.

The club achieved promotion to the RFU Championship in 2011 after a last minute victory over promotion rivals Barking.

Considered by many as of the greatest sevens players in the history of the game, Amor is confident that the huge potential in the team will shine through as they head into the relegation play-off battle.

Amor has strengthened the London Scottish squad this season with a trio of international signings, bringing in World Cup players Agustin Gosio and Alfie Lalanne from Argentina, as well as Canadian Adam Kleeberger.

You head into the relegation play-offs after a commanding win away against Rotherham Titans. Do you feel like this is something you can build on?

It was good to finish off the season with a win and go in as top seeds for the relegation play-offs. The Championship has been a big step up from last season in terms of the overall quality  and physicalit. I am pleased with how we have adapted.
 
Scottish achieved the first defensive clean sheet by any team in the Championship this year. How much of a confidence boost is this in terms of your defensive play?

We are working hard on our defence. Alex Codling is a great defensive coach and we are improving as a team every week. Not conceding any points certainly gives the team a lift, but we know our next game is against an in-form Esher side who have some great attacking threats throughout their team so we will have to be fully switched on defensively for the full game.

You moved up two places on the last day of the season. Is it frustrating knowing that being one place higher would have guaranteed your safety?

We may have moved up two places but we were still a good 16 points off Doncaster in 8th – they are a good side and very well coached by Brett Davey and they fully deserve to be there.

Your next game is away at Esher, who have won three games in a row. Will you be preparing any differently for this game given their clean run of late?

No – our focus is very much on ourselves and improving our own game. We have had new players join the squad and long term injured players returning to the team so we still have to focus on improving our own team style of play

What is the future like for Simon Amor at London Scottish?

Before I started coaching I did not have ambitions to become a coach, I sort of fell into the role. Having coached full-time for the past couple of seasons, though, I genuinely enjoy it and enjoy seeing teams and players develop. I am an ambitious coach, and feel that Scottish are a club with huge potential. I am enjoying my role here immensely.   

 

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