West’s new coach sets out his stall

With the new rugby season kicking off last week, West’s new development coach Andy Douglas said he was looking to build on the club’s strengths and bring some consistency to the team.

Douglas (32) from East Lothian, whose day job is as a coach development office for the SRU West region, took over from outgoing head coach Ewan Smith at the end of last season and has spend the last couple of months, working with fellow newcomer Mike Cussack, to get the team prepared for the challenges ahead.

He said: “We have an exciting time ahead of us with the new facilities that are going to be built here as part of the deal that was done with Waitrose, who are in the process of building a new supermarket nearby. There will be a new synthetic pitch which I think will we started building in October, and a new grass pitch as well.”

On the 1st XV’s performance last season, Douglas admitted: “It was not the best season. I think the squad were very unlucky to get relegated with the reshuffle of the league. I think we can finish in the top four this season if not win the league. If we can find a consistency and work on our defence there is no reason why we can not turn things around.”