- France and Wasps legend Serge Betsen joins London Scottish coaching team
- "We'll have more time to spend with the players" - SImon Amor
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London Scottish have announced a number of changes to senior personnel and playing structure at the RFU Championship club.
Following the resignation of forwards and defence coach Alex Codling at the start of the season, London Scottish are delighted to announce the full time appointment of James Buckland, a promising young coach with playing experience at Leicester Tigers, London Wasps and London Irish. In addition, France and Wasps legend Serge Betsen will become Defence coach, working with the squad for two sessions per week.
Also joining the coaching team is assistant forwards coach Jim Evans, the Harlequins Academy Coach, working with the squad on line-outs. In addition, the club has employed a part-time Strength and Conditioning consultant Ian Taplin to support the efforts of Simon Elkinson. The club will also be investing in more medical support and the squad will be moving its training during the week to daylight hours.
A number of part-time London Scottish players will be affected by the changes to the training schedule however, the club is confident that many will be able to adapt to the new day time schedule, whilst others will be loaned out and kept very much within the framework of the club. The squad will also be boosted through the continued relationships with dual registered and/or loan players from the Premiership.
These changes follow on from the earlier announcement this week that Tony Copsey, London Scottish part time CEO, will be leaving the club at Christmas. Copsey will continue as an advisor to help bed in the new structure and ensure a smooth transition.
Director of Rugby Simon Amor: "The positives of the new set-up are very clear: we'll have more time to spend with the players, working on their core skills, decision-making and general development. And whilst we won't be a fully professional set-up, the decision shows the club's progress, ambitions and continual focus on development.
“I was incredibly proud of the way our players committed to what were sometimes difficult training conditions, facilities and challenges previously and I've also been delighted how a number of our part time players have already adapted their current work to enable them to make some of our daytime sessions. It shows wonderful commitment from them.
"The training change also ties in nicely with our revamped coaching set-up and to get three such highly renowned coaches on board, who are young in coaching years but offer us a huge amount of potential and knowledge, is a big boost for the club. The key thing for us over the next few weeks is to gel as coaches to help create the right environment."
CEO Tony Copsey said: "There is no doubt it has been a difficult time since Alex Codling left the club but I am delighted that we have been able to attract high calibre new coaches such to the club. I have no doubt, along with Simon Amor, they will add a huge amount to our playing capabilities. The change to day time training is something we have been considering for a while as a natural step up in our playing environment, which is much needed within a competition such as the Championship.
“To the part time players affected by these changes I would like to say a huge thank you; not only for their fantastic contribution to London Scottish to date but also their total support and commitment to these changes."