Coaching Team

Coaches for season 2013/14

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 again be Kevin Brown, who will coach the Forwards, Donald Snodgrass, who will help Bruce coach our Backs and Duncan Macdonald, who will again coach the 2nd XV Backs.

Bruce MacNaughton

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 under-19 level, and he will use this experience to develop our large pool of talented young players.

Kevin Brown

Kevin joined us from Boroughmuir, where he locked horns against us both as a player and as a coach. He has been involved in Scottish Rugby’s Pathway programme as a coach, and, as such, is familiar with nurturing young talent – of which there is plenty at Inverleith.

Mark Burgess

Mark started his coaching at the Club as 3rd XV coach and then moved onto the 2nd XV when Grant MacKenzie was Head Coach. He’s coached Edinburgh age grade teams from U16 through to U18 for 9 years, as well as looking after the 2nd XV at the School.

He now has responsibility for boys’ sport in the Primary School at Stewart’s Melville College.

He’s gained the UKCC Level 3 coaching qualification and is a UKCC Coach Educator for Level 1 & 2. Mark is also a Rugby Ready Tutor.

Duncan MacDonald

Duncan grew up playing junior rugby at Sandbach RFC in Cheshire and played for the county at that level. Whilst living down South, he also played for the Exiles at U18/U19/U21 level.

Duncan also got included in a Scotland U18 squad but was never capped.

When Duncan moved to Edinburgh for university in 1999, he played for Heriot-Watt University for four years whilst also turning out for Currie Rugby Club for two of those years. He also represented the Scottish Universities team in 2000 and skippered them in 2001.

After University, Duncan went travelling for a year in 2003/2004 (playing some extremely social rugby for Waverley in Bondi), and then came back and played for Murrayfield Wanderers for two years (winning the Shield in 2005).

He moved to Peebles in 2007 and played for three seasons before retiring from the game, a result of a combination of injuries and not wanting to train in the cold and wet winter nights!

Duncan joined the Stew Mel 2nd XV coaching staff in 2010.