Stirling look within for coaching solution


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STIRLING COUNTY have gone in-house in order to fill the gap created by the recent departure of head coach David Adamson. Rather than hunt out a like-for-like replacement, the Bridgehaugh outfit have pulled together a seven strong coaching panel containing individuals with impressive playing and coaching credentials at both club and international level.

Three former head coaches of the club will be involved, with Eddie Pollock looking after the scrum on a consultancy basis, while Ian Jardine and Graeme Young will oversee defence. Young will also take the lead from a coaching perspective on match days.

Former Scotland age-grade and Sevens scrum-half Peter Jericevich has been recruited from GHA and will combine his playing responsibilities with coaching both attack and strength-and-conditioning.

Current Scotland internationalists Chris Fusaro and Grant Gilchrist will once again be involved as contact and line-out coaches respectively; while academy manager Stewart Milne will have a roving role in the set-up.

“We are delighted that Peter Jerecevich has joined Stirling in a dual player/coach role. He brings a wealth of experience in both facets and will embrace this opportunity to develop himself and our senior side with style. The continued contribution from International players Grant Gilchrist and Chris Fusaro is invaluable to our progress,” said club president and director of rugby John Wright.

Alongside Jericevich, the Bridgehaugh outfit have added some more serious experience and firepower to their backline in the shape of former Ayr stalwart Ross Curle.

“Obviously we are delighted to add a winner like Ross Curle to our squad. This is exactly what we need to complement our young side. We look forward to announcing some more exciting player additions in the near future,”  explained Wright.

Jonny Hope will captain the side.

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