Coaches for season 2014/15
We are delighted that Bruce MacNaughton is continuing as the club’s Head Coach and will build on his good work last season.
Assisting Bruce will be Nick McCashin, Neil Graham, James Robertson and Gavin Sharp. They will be joined by Bruce Ruthven, the recently appointed Rugby Development Coordinator for the club and the school.
Bruce is one of the most experienced coaches in Scottish club rugby. He has a wealth of experience, having previously coached at Currie, Murrayfield Wanderers and Peebles.
He has also been involved in the Scottish national age group coaching team at U19 level, and he will use this experience to develop our large pool of talented young players.
An experienced ex professional player who played in the ITM Cup, Nick returned to the club for his second spell last season (2013/14). Eager to develop into a coach, Nick is responsible for the club’s backs this season.
We are delighted to have Neil re-join the club in the capacity of specialist forwards coach, looking after the lineout in particular. We are pleased to attract coaches of Neil’s calibre to the club and welcome him back as a past player.
James ‘Cakes’ Robertson
A well kent face in club rugby, having been at Watsonians and Murrayfield Wanderers to name but a few clubs, Cakes is in his second season with club, as well as being heavily involved in the Pigbarians. Cakes is responsible for the scrum.
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 this season to look after the 2nd XV and take responsibility with Nick for the club’s backs. 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.
Recently appointed to the full time role of Rugby Coordinator, overseeing rugby across the Lions, Midis , School and Senior club, Bruce joins 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.