Langholm ring the changes ahead of new season

Pictured after winning the Forresters 7s with the other Pigs coachers, from left, Gary Brannnan, Brodie Smithers and Geoff Caldwell.
Pictured after winning the Forresters 7s with the other Pigs coachers, from left, Gary Brannnan, Brodie Smithers and Geoff Caldwell.

Langholm RFC have announced that former player Gary Brannan will take over as Head Coach for Season 2014/15.

Gary also enjoyed a spell playing with Gala RFC as well as representing the South of Scotland at Age Grade levels.

He also recently won the Forresters RFC Anniversary 7s Tournament as guest coach of invitational charity team The Pigbarians RFC.

Head Coach from last season Ally Little (Scotland’s first ever female coach of a senior mens team) will move into a role as Director of Rugby to help develop all aspects of the club but she will also remain very much involved in the coaching of the senior team.

Recruitment has gone well over the off-season with the signing of former Langholm Colts player Eddie Turner who returns after a stint at Selkirk RFC and Brodie Smithers who has signed full-time from Stewarts Melville FP. A number of players have also agreed to dual-register for the club including former Scotland Sevens cap Geoff Caldwell (Livingston RFC) and his former Melrose RFC teammate Stuart Thom (Stewarts Melville) amongst others.

New link-ups have also been developed with Boroughmuir RFC and Wigton RUFC to augment the one already in existence with Moffat RFC. It is hoped these will provide greater playing numbers for the senior side as well as offering a route for talented young Langholm players to develop at a higher level.

Steven Nicol will Captain the Senior XV this season with Alistair Cavers as Vice-Captain.

Juniors

Langholm Academy has recently been awarded a GOLD award in the RBS School Rugby Champions Scheme (the only school in The Borders to have this level of award). This has been driven by the school PE Department and Langholm RFC Development Officer Iain Park and the hard-work has subsequently yielded good growth of playing numbers for both the rugby club and the school.

As a result of this the club is re-launching its Colts side after having to withdraw last season due to lack of numbers. The club are delighted that Brian ‘Bomber’ Hislop will coach the side assisted by Kenny Little and Craig Hislop.

Langholm Youth Rugby also has been awarded a charitable status and is now an officially registered Scottish charity with a group of 6 trustees in place to help with fundraising for the club.