Peebles get the Wright man

PEEBLES RFC may be down but they are certainly not out, writes Fiona Scott.

And in case anyone was in any doubt the club has revealed a massive statement of intent this week with the announcement that former Scotland prop Peter Wright is its new coach.

Having been hampered by injuries and depleted squads last season, Peebles found themselves rooted to the bottom of the RBS Division Two table and will play in the new Championship East League in season 2012/13.

But the appointment of Wright indicates that the club are looking to make a return to the top flight sooner rather than later.

Director of rugby Graeme Paterson told TheSouthern: “We have a 3-4 year plan to return to national rugby in a sustainable form, starting immediately.

“There is a great ambition to go forward at Peebles and securing someone of Peter’s calibre as coach is a huge step towards that.”

Wright replaces another former Scottish front row forward, Gerry McGuinness, whose contract wasn’t renewed at the end of this season.

A popular BBC Radio Scotland pundit, Wright, 44, won 21 caps for Scotland between 1992 and 1996 and toured New Zealand with the British Lions in 1993.

He proved inspirational at the helm of his former club Glasgow Hawks and is in charge of Scotland’s Under-20 squad who will travel to South Africa next month for the IRB Junior World Championships.