Burnley man
Leck to lead Scotland

HAWICK coach Phil Leck will take charge of the Scotland club international side in 2013.

The Lancastrian was announced as the new head coach in a raft of national appointments by the Scottish Rugby Union, including Melrose’s John Dalziel being made Scotland under-20s assistant coach and former Hawick player Roddy Deans taking on the same role with the under-16 squad.

Leck was invited to apply for the job and says it is a big honour to be selected.

He said: “It won’t affect my work at Hawick at all. I wouldn’t have considered applying if it would interfere with my job here.”

Leck will be in charge of two games – against the Irish counterparts at Ayr and away to a France club select.

And the Burnley man, whose Hawick team sit third in the National League, says he will consider players from all divisions.

He added: “It’s going to be mainly Premiership players, but there are opportunities for other lads at different levels.

“We’re looking to get a good squad together and that could include one or two of the top players in the National League.”

Dalziel will assist Sean Lineen with the under-20s squad, who face Italy on February 8 and Ireland on February 22 at Netherdale.