Parker back at Biggar

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IN a week of comings and goings, Peebles coach Gary Parker has left the Gytes club to return to Biggar.

It is believed the former Scotland Women’s manager cited unhappiness with training numbers during last season as one of the reasons for his switch.

Peebles forwards coach Gerry McGuinness paid tribute to Parker.

He said: “I am disappointed because I really enjoyed working with Gary. He was a good coach and the players responded to him.”

Joining Parker out the Gytes exit door are prop Willie Aitken, who has joined Stewart’s Melville, while Craig Borthwick has moved to Gala.

Meanwhile, former Selkirk coach Graham Marshall has joined Heriot’s as forwards coach.

Up at Murrayfield, former Earlston player Jock Millican has taken over as interim chief executive of the SRU.

It follows the departure of Gordon McKie, who is believed to have quit his £312,000 post after a power struggle in the corridors of Murrayfield.

Millican is a non-executive director of the SRU board, and former Scotland internationalist, who has experience in the brewing industry.

He said: “I will be working closely with the staff to ensure that the transition to a new chief executive is as seamless as possible. The recruitment process has already started and we will look to conclude this as swiftly as possible.”

Outgoing chairman of the Scottish Rugby Board, Allan Munro, said of Millican: “Jock has a wealth of business and rugby experience and, with the continued support of our committed staff, is ideally placed to take up this interim position.”