FORMER Glasgow Warriors and Scotland back-row Adam Ashe has been appointed as an assistant coach to the Stirling County Wolves Super6 team.
The 28-year-old moved to the USA to sign for the LA Giltinis in the fledgling MLR league in late 2020 and managed 17 games over two seasons before eventually being forced to announce his retirement from playing last week due to an on-going neck issue.
Ashe is taking over as Wolves’ defence and contact coach from Scott Lawson, who was recently appointed as specialist skills coach in throwing for Scottish Rugby.
Ashe played junior rugby at Bridgehaugh before moving into the professional ranks with Glasgow and earning six caps for Scotland between his debut against South Africa in June 2014 and his last international appearance against Italy in August 2015.
“As a player, he showed a real thirst to learn and as such, his knowledge of the processes and work ethic required to be successful in the modern game will be an invaluable asset to aid the development of our playing squad. Great to have a County boy returning home,” said Eddie Pollock, Director of Rugby at Stirling County RFC.
“I came through the club as a junior rugby player and have so many great memories playing in the jersey,” added Ashe. “I always had a dream of coming back and coaching after I finished playing. I think the Super6 team has taken big strides forward over the last couple of years and this team is now at a point where it has the ability to win this season’s FOSROC Super6 competition.”
Meanwhile, Wolves head coach Ben Cairns said he believes Ashe is a natural fit to the role.
“Having lost Scott Lawson to his new role within Scottish Rugby, we are delighted to have been able to replace him so quickly with another quality individual,” he said. “Ashey is a County man having come up through the club. Whenever he’s been in our environment, he has spoken extremely well and led by example. We know he will bring these attributes into his coaching.
“Having spoken to Ashey about the opportunity, I was really impressed with the amount of thought and work he had already put into his coaching. Overall it’s a great fit for everyone associated with Stirling Wolves – Ashey gets to start the next chapter of his rugby journey back at his home club and we gain another quality young coach involved in our programme. We will look to support Ashey fully as he transitions into this role and look forward to playing a small part in what we expect to be a long and successful coaching career for Ashey.”