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Bill Watson,the former Scotland No 8, has been appointed as the Scottish Rugby Union's new chief executive. Watson, who won 10 caps between 1973 and 1979 and who has coached both Boroughmuir and Biggar, is currently overseas business development director for Guardall Ltd. Watson, 48, expects to take up his post on September 1.

Bristol yesterday signed the Ireland Under-21 hooker David Lee from Cork Constitution, following his former team-mates Paul Burke and David Corkery to the Memorial Ground.

Bridgend have appointed Welsh international Gareth Thomas as their captain for the new Welsh League premier division season.