FORMER Gloucester Rugby scrum half Nick Runciman is to head up the coaching team at Stow-on-the-Wold RFC for the forthcoming season.

Runciman, 28, progressed through the Gloucester Academy before joining Worcester Warriors for three seasons.

He then moved to London Welsh before a spell at Gloucester and ended his career back at London Welsh.

He also represented England at U21 level and the Barbarians.

Stow finished a very creditable sixth in the Southern Counties North last season having been promoted the previous campaign.

The Stow committee is very excited about the coming season having pulled off a major coup in bringing Runciman to the club.

Pre-season training is due to start in the first week of July and new players would be very welcome to join a very friendly club with superb facilities.