GLASGOW WARRIORS have appointed former full-back Peter Murchie as an assistant coach. The 35-year-old will join the Scotstoun staff with immediate effect, after two seasons coaching at Millbrae with Ayr in the Premiership and then Ayrshire Bulls in Super6.
With domestic rugby still in lockdown, Murchie has been working as part of the coaching team at Warriors during the last few month. He previously played 116 games for the club between 2009 and 2017, and picked up three caps for Scotland.
“It’s really good to be back at Scotstoun,” said Murchie. “Obviously a few things have changed since I was last here, but there are still a few familiar faces and it’s a club that I know well.
“I learnt a tremendous amount during my time at Ayr – for me, it was vital that I had that experience. You learn on the job in a way, because it’s very different to being a player. You make mistakes and you learn from those. I’m incredibly grateful to Ayr – they’re a great club and I’m eternally thankful to them.
“There are a lot of quality players in Scottish rugby coming out of the academy system and the age-grade teams, and working with guys like Ollie [Smith] at the FOSROC Super6 level has given me first-hand experience of what these guys can do. They’re starting to come through and take their opportunities, which can only be a good thing for everyone involved with the club. It’s vital for the future of the club.
“The coaches have all been extremely welcoming, and I’m really grateful to Danny [Wilson] first for the invitation to come and work with the team and then for the chance to join full-time. They’re a great group that are trying to push the club forward, and it’s a great environment to be involved in.”
The Bulls will now start the recruitment process to replace Murchie, with Super6 targeting a return to action in late summer.
“It’s no surprise to me that Pete is now joining Glasgow Warriors as assistant coach,” said Ayr RFC CEO Billy McHarg. “During his time with Ayrshire Bulls and Ayr RFC he has been an excellent head coach, built on his work ethic and attention to detail. He was well liked at the club and we wish him well.
“Glasgow Warriors’ gain is Ayrshire Bulls loss; however, we would never stand in the way of a coach or player progressing into any professional set up from our FOSROC Super6 team”
Glasgow Warriors head coach Danny Wilson added: “Pete is a passionate Warrior who has captained the side on many occasions, was part of the 2015 PRO12 winning side and played over 100 times for the club.
“As a young Scottish coach, he joined us a few months ago from Ayr on temporary basis and through his hard work and attention to detail has shown he has a good future in coaching. We’re pleased that he is joining us permanently.”