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Ex-Scotland coach Graham Steadman joins Scottish as Attack and Backs coach

Ex-Scotland coach Graham Steadman joins Scottish as Attack and Backs coach

London Scottish have appointed ex-Scotland, Ireland & Cardiff Blues coach Graham Steadman as their Attack & Backs coach for the 2018/19 season.

London Scottish have appointed ex-Scotland, Ireland & Cardiff Blues coach Graham Steadman as their Attack & Backs coach for the 2018/19 season.

Steadman boasts an impressive coaching career having been a coach for both the Scotland and Ireland International sides. He was with Scotland for four years and was part of the successful Argentina tour in 2010 and helped the side to historic wins over Australia and South Africa.

A rampaging rugby league player Steadman represented Castleford and Gold Coast Titans in his playing hay day. The Yorkshire native was looking forward to getting stuck in and making a difference with this season’s squad.

“I am very pleased to be joining the coaching staff at Scottish. It is an exciting opportunity for me and I am looking forward to working closely with the players and helping them develop this season.”

The former Castleford Tiger will oversee the backline this season, replacing Jake Sharp who left the club at the end of last season. Steadman will also be in charge of the attack structure for the Exiles.

Director of Rugby Dave Morris was also very happy to bring in Steadman for the upcoming season. “We are delighted to welcome Graham to London Scottish. We interviewed some exceptional candidates but Nic [Rouse] and I were blown away by Graham’s passion and energy for coaching.”

Morris continued, “his playing and coaching CV speaks for itself. He will bring great experience to our coaching team and a detailed knowledge of attack and defence. He will be very clear on the standards he expects from everyone in the environment. I think Graham will compliment Nic very well.”

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Most recently Steadman spent two years with Cardiff Blues in the Pro12 as a defence coach. In the 2016/17 season the Blues finished 7th and made it to the European Cup quarter finals. Before his stint in the Welsh capital he was up in Newcastle and was part of the coaching set up that guided the Falcons back to the Premiership by winning the Championship in 2013.

New Head Coach Nic Rouse echoed the sentiments of Morris. “It is great to have Graham on board this season. I have had the opportunity to work with him whilst I was a player at Sale Sharks, so I know exactly what he is about and what he will bring to London Scottish.”

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