Pete Horne appointed skills coach by Glasgow Warriors

Former midfielder took charge of Ayrshire Bulls during the recent Super6 Sprint Series

Pete Horne has been appointed as a skills coach by Glasgow Warriors. Image: ©Craig Watson
Pete Horne has been appointed as a skills coach by Glasgow Warriors. Image: ©Craig Watson

GLASGOW WARRIORS might not currently have a a head coach, after parting company with Danny Wilson last week, but they are not letting that stop them from assembling their management team for next season, with Pete Horne being unveiled as their new skills coach this [Wednesday] afternoon.

The 32-year-old former centre/stand-off played 182 games for the club between his debut in March 2009 and hanging up his boots in December, and was capped 45 times by Scotland. He returns to Scotstoun having spent the last five months as head coach of the Ayrshire Bulls side which finished third in the recent Super6 Sprint Series.

Horne’s change of role means that the Bulls join Heriot’s – who parted company with Andrew Kelly last week – in being on the hunt for a new head coach ahead of the 2023 Super6 Championship kicking off at the start of August. It is a double-whammy for the Bulls because it was announced last night that Rob Harley, who was one of Horne’s assistant’s during the Super6 Sprint, is heading to France to play for Carcassonne next season.

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Horne joins Nigel Carolan, Pete Murchie and Al Dickinson on the Glasgow Warriors coaching team for the new season, with a head coach to be appointed in due course.

No back has made more appearances for the Warriors, with only Chris Fusaro, Ryan Wilson and Rob Harley ahead of him in the all-time rankings.

“I’m delighted to be back at Scotstoun,” he said. “As soon as I’d stepped away from playing, I had the goal of getting back into the pro game as a coach as soon as I felt ready. When this opportunity came up, it was a no-brainer. I’m so invested in this club and the city that it was an easy decision. I want to help this club back to where it belongs and back challenging at the top of the table.

“We’ve got a great group of coaches and I’m fortunate to have a great relationship with the guys that are here. I’ve obviously played with Murch [Pete Murchie] for years, and I worked really closely with Nigel [Carolan] both as a player and then coming in to help out towards the end of the season, too. They’re both just great guys to sit and talk about rugby with, and I’m looking forward to learning as much as I can from both of them.

“I want to say a massive thank you to everyone down at Ayr, because it’s a fantastic club and they’ve been the ideal introduction to coaching for me. I couldn’t have been luckier. I want to thank all the boys, as well as Billy McHarg – he bought into everything I wanted to do with the squad, and I feel like Ayr is a club for life for me now. I’ve got a lot of special memories and I want to wish them all the best for what comes next.

“I genuinely believe this Glasgow squad for 202-23 is one of the most talented groups of players this club has had. There’s a great mix of young, Scottish talent, experienced heads and some exciting new arrivals, and there are all the raw ingredients to make something special happen at Scotstoun.


Glasgow Warriors Managing Director Al Kellock added: “To be able to add one of Scotland’s most promising young coaches to our team for next season is a real boost for us.

“Pete is someone who understands exactly what it means to be a Warrior and to represent not only this club, but this city. He understands and buys into our club values, and I know that he will do whatever it takes to help to drive this club forward and challenge for silverware.

“His work ethic and willingness to go the extra mile to help his team-mates made him one of the greatest players ever to wear the Glasgow shirt, and I fully believe he has all the traits necessary to be a huge success as Skills Coach.”

Meanwhile, Scottish Rugby’s Performance Director, Jim Mallinder, said: “Pete is someone who is held in high regard across the Scottish rugby community, and his enthusiasm for the game makes it easy to see why.

“I know just how passionate he is about Glasgow Warriors, and I have no doubt that he will approach the role with the same energy and high standards with which he represented both club and country with distinction.

“It’s also great to see a hungry young Scottish coach come through the FOSROC Super6 – to see Pete graduate from Ayrshire Bulls into the professional coaching ranks is really pleasing, and hopefully he is the first of many to follow that pathway.”


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  1. “we should have opportunities for Scottish coaches”
    “but we shouldn’t appoint Scottish coaches, its just SRU nepotism”.

    We have no idea when we will get a new head coach for Glasgow. Many potential candidates are tied up and very unlikely to move pre next season’s RWC. So there is no way we can or should sit still. When a new HC arrives, they will get a say on their support coaches, but anyone who thinks that anyone coming on can then persuade whoever they would like from wherever they are to up sticks just like that and come to Glasgow is living in cloud cuckoo land.

    Even in soccer, it is simply not the case that a new head coach immediately brings in his own support on every occasion

  2. another of the SRU favoured son getting the opportunity to develop and fair enough he was a very skillful but struggled defensively and physically. The problem with the structured coaching pipe line is we are producing robot coaches and losing out on naturally gifted coaches who do not want to slog through the coaching badges but can see and nurture rugby talent which then gets ruined by play book age grade coaches. Legendary coaches such as Telfer and in football Busby, Stein and Ferguson come to mind now rugby has gone down the Largs mafia route that football took. Player management is still the key to success and as mentioned by others the other aspect is that one of the better next level of the so called rugby pyramid are now left struggling.

  3. According to the Times Todd Blackadder is being considered for the role of head coach. Why has the Offside Line not picked up on this?

  4. I don’t have a problem with Horne.

    My problem with this is that any prospective incoming coach is going to see that they can’t pick their own backroom team. I wouldn’t touch it with a bargepole if approached me as head coach.

    This is not how sporting teams should be run. You cant have multiple bosses. It doesn’t work. Look at the state of Football right now because of the amount of “sporting directors” etc.

    • I completely agree. You start at the top and let the new head coach pick his team. Muddled thinking here.

    • What would you say if the new head coach came with his own back room staff to the exclusion of any Scottish coaches. Surely the job is to develop Glasgow, Scottish players for the National team and Scottish back room staff. We only have 2 pro teams and it just doesn’t make any sense to allow a head coach to bring in who ever he wants.

      • Valid point but that that argument can be countered by asking do we want Glasgow to be as successful as possible or are the pro teams just development teams for players and coaches.
        Bring in the best, whatever their nationality, and let our coaches and players learn from the best

      • @Ian Milne – I appreciate your point. But as has been said….do we want Glasgow to be successful and win titles or be a mid-table feeder club that produces test players that are not equipped to win six nations and do well at RWC’s?

        There comes a time where we have to decide who we are and what we want. Sentiment plays little part in sporting success.

      • Frankly if an HC turned up with a coaching team that hasn’t been tainted by the SRU process then it would be a blessed relief and we might see some real improvement. We might even see actual pathways for young Scottish players rather than the current obsession with throwing cash at players from countries with a highly questionable attitude to PEDS.

  5. Not the best timing for “The Bulls”!
    With only a limited time till the rest of the season restarts & 2 out of 6 teams looking to replace coaching staff with the necessary skills, this is when you appreciate that more emphasis may need to be placed on the training of potential coaches.

  6. Great to see more young Scottish coaches being given a chance. They could be our future National coaches. Was not that long ago people were asking where the young Scottish coaches were going to come from.

  7. Hold on – doesn’t the head coach pick – or at least have a say – in who his assistants are? Might be an idea to have him in place first?

    • Ideally yes but you risk losing assistants if you wait for a head coach to be appointed and of course a good head coach shouldn’t have problems working with a capable assistant even if he doesn’t know him.

      • Yeah it’s better to risk losing a Head Coach by not letting them pick their own staff than it is to risk losing the guy who”ll be putting out the cones…. Scottish Rugby in a nutshell. Still we are supposed to feel grateful that someone Scottish is involved

      • If you think being a skills coach is just about putting out the cones then I’m pretty sure your opinion is worth very little.

  8. Here we go again, a coach who has very little experience, meanwhile there kicking out Sean lineen ect, full speed to the bottom


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