1:45pm Thursday 22nd May 2014
By Stuart Amos
Former England scrum half Peter Richards is set to join the London Scottish push for promotion next term as backs coach.
The 36-year-old, who ended his playing career in 2010 due to a back injury, will join head coach James Buckland’s back room team – which also boasts ex-France internaional Serge Betson.
Scottish continued preparations for next term with the signing of Jersey’s 24-year-old flanker Fred Silcock and Bristol’s ex-London Welsh 32-year-old full-back Errie Claassens.
“Errie has a point to prove and gives us excellent options in the back three,” said Buckland.
Silcock, who signed a one-year contract at the Athletic Ground will fight it out with Championship player of the year nominee Mark Bright, Chevvy Pennycook, Neil Best and Ben Russell for a back row starting spot.
But the former Loughborough Students star is up for the challenge.
"Some of the boys in the back-row have formidable reputations and I cannot wait to play with players of that calibre,” Silcock said this week.
"Mark Bright has made an unbelievable impression in the Championship and he is a great person to have captaining the team. I'm looking forward to working alongside him.
"Neil Best is another player with a big personality who will be good to have around the club.”
He continued: "When I spoke to James Buckland, London Scottish felt like a perfect fit for me.
"The set-up is really good and everyone seems very welcoming.
"I also really like the way London Scottish play and hopefully I can make a real impression next season.”
* London Welsh host Bristol in the Championship play-off final first-leg next Wednesday in Oxford.
Head coach Justin Burnell’s men overturned a seven-point first-leg deficit to beat Leeds Carnegie 60-58 on aggregate after a 29-20 semi-final second leg win on Sunday.
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