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London Scottish confirm Nic Rouse to leave, Graham Steadman named head coach

Graham Steadman

London Scottish backs and attack coach Graham Steadman will assume first-team duties for the 2019-20 season, replacing current head coach Nic Rouse.

An off-season restructure awaits Scottish this summer with Rouse’s one-year tenure at the Athletic Ground set to end after a season which saw the Exiles finish ninth in the Championship.

The departure of Rouse follows on from director of rugby David Morris tending his resignation on Wednesday to move closer to home as a result of a family illness.

The reins have now been passed to Steadman, who holds experience around both codes in stints with Castleford Tigers, Munster and Newcastle Falcons.

“I’m delighted that Graham has agreed to step up to head coach next season,” London Scottish club president Paul Burnell told the club’s official website.

“He was instrumental in much that was good in our performances in 2018-19 and we aim to build on that in 2019-20.

“I’m also pleased to have such continuity in the coaching and support team in 19/20. With over 20 players having extended their contracts and some talented recruits, I’m optimistic we can kick on from where we left off and not have to start from scratch.”

The backroom staff supporting Steadman remains somewhat intact as Aaron Walters is promoted to head of medical service, with Karen O’Brien set to vacate the post.

Burnell thanked former London Irish lock Rouse for his time in charge of Scottish, which reaped eight wins from 22 league matches.

“On behalf of all at the Club I would like to thank Nic Rouse for his tireless efforts this season as head coach. London Scottish wishes him the very best for his future endeavours as he will leave the Club at the end of this season,” Burnell said.

“I would also like to thank Karen O’Brien, the current Head of Medical Services, who has decided to leave her current role after two years in the position. Karen has been a great servant to the Club and we wish her well as she embarks on some travel before exploring new job avenues upon her return.”

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