Coaching Team

Coaches for season 2015/16

Bruce Ruthven will coach our backs this season, while Neil Graham will look after the forwards. Jim Thompson will act as 1st XV team manager.

Gregor Wood has joined us as 2nd XV forwards coach, while Gavin Sharp will once again look after the 2nd XV backs. Ryan James will act as 2nd XV manager.

Phil Waine will be 3rd XV team manager this season.

Bruce Ruthven

Appointed last year to the full time role of Rugby Coordinator, overseeing rugby across the Lions, Midis , School and Senior club, Bruce joined us with an impressive pedigree from Orkney RFC. Bruce has also been DoR at Ledbury in England. He is a very well qualified coach (UKCC 3), coach educator and strength & conditioning coach. His playing highlights include 193 competitive games for Melrose plus Scotland caps at U16, 18, 19 and 21 levels and 28 Scotland Development team caps.

Bruce will also look after our Strength and Conditioning this season.

Neil Graham

Neil re-joined the club in the capacity of specialist forwards coach last season, looking after the lineout in particular. A former player, he is currently head of the SRU’s Coach Development department.

Jim Thompson

Jim has joined us this season to act as 1st XV Team Manager. He has previously played for Edinburgh and London Scottish.

Gavin Sharp

Having come out of the formidable shadows of ‘Fighting Ken’, former player Gavin cut his teeth away from the club at Murrayfield Wanderers before returning to Inverleith to take up a coaching role. A former 1st XV player,¬†Gavin¬†knows what it takes to play at a high level and is looking forward to developing the next set of 1st XV players.