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Melville Not Going Scots

Thursday Sep 10, 2009 in Off the Field USA Rugby

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USA Rugby CEO and Head of Rugby Operations Nigel Melville said that a report from Inside the Games claiming he is interviewing for Scotland RFU Director of Performance Rugby is incorrect.

Contacted by ERugbyNews following the release of the article, Melville said the article was wrong.

Melville did have a long meeting with Scotland head coach Andy Robinson and SRU CEO Gordon McKay this week and they spent several hours in discussions. Robinson was in Colorado as a follow-up to his visit with the England team in 2001. Then they visited the Denver Bronco training camp.

“They wanted to talk about a few initiatives such as a summer camp here in Boulder, taking advantage of the altitude and facilities. They were also interested in staff exchange opportunities, events and marketing specifically,” Melville said.

Melville said they also discussed training options for Scotland for this fall, when they travel to Argentina to take on the Pumas.

McKay was apparently in the USA to interview someone for the SRU Performance Rugby job, but it’s not clear who it was, although indications are it wasn’t an American.

“[It was] nice to see them, then they flew home,” said Melville as he added as a joke: “If that means I am going to work for Scotland, then it will also mean I am taking a job in New Zealand next week when Mike Chu, Mark Hammet and Pat Lam are in Denver visiting the USOC and USA Rugby.”

- Alex Goff

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