Dundee High Rugby have filled another key slot in their rebuild by promoting centre Andrew Hamilton as the new backs coach to complement new head coach Alan Brown.
The club, who will stay in Tennent’s National League One next season after the SRU decision to render the 2019-20 club season null and void, appointed long-time Mayfield favourite Brown, 16 years with the club winning Club International and Barbarians honours as one of the club game’s best tight-heads, as the new coach of the first XV last month.
Brown has moved to appoint Hamilton, who was head coach at his home club Hillfoots in Clackmannanshire before coming to Dundee three years ago after a short spell at Falkirk.
Hamilton has been the head S&C coach for Dundee for the last two years and has also been working with Caledonia squads.
“It’s a huge honour to be asked to be the Dundee backs coach,” he told the club’s website. “I was lucky to play in Big Broony’s last season and when he asked me to help coach I couldn’t say no.
“In the last three years, I’ve learnt lots from Colin Sangster and his coaching team. I’d like to say a big thank you to Ross Aitken for his work last year and good luck in his future coaching career.”
Hamilton’s hope is to make playing for the High as enjoyable as it is successful.
“I want the lads to enjoy what they’re doing,” he said. “Giving up your Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays to play a sport should be enjoyable.
“I like to think I bring a bit of fun and banter, but know when to keep my head down and work hard. Hopefully this will rub off on the lads.”