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.
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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