Andrew Simmers departs Goldenacre

Everyone at Goldenacre wishes Andrew Simmers all the best as he moves south to pursue his career.

After studying Mechanical Engineering at the University of Edinburgh, Andrew is making the move to Bristol to start work as a Graduate Systems Engineer.

Andrew was the starting scrum half for much of the Heriot’s Rugby inaugural FOSROC Super6 campaign last season, which saw the team in second position before games were cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

‘‘I was pretty sad not to get a chance in the playoffs but I really enjoyed playing with the guys in the squad and the interaction with the coaches,’’ he said.

‘‘The way we tried to play was so enjoyable to be a part of, especially as a scrum half, and I don’t think there was ever a dull moment in meetings, training or matches.

‘‘The quality of players in the squad was fantastic and it was a really fun environment to be involved in.’’

Andrew has been a player for Heriot’s Rugby Club for the past five years, joining after leaving school and continuing his studies at the University of Edinburgh.

He began his rugby career with Strathendrick RFC before playing for The Glasgow Academy and Glasgow Hawks Juniors.

Highlights have included representative honours for Scotland U18 and U20, including being selected in the Six Nations U20 Team of the Tournament, and playing in the 2017 World Rugby U20 Championship in Georgia where Scotland placed fifth.

‘‘The best thing about Heriot’s is the definitely people, there’s a great mix of students and more experienced heads and everyone gets involved together,’’ he said.

‘‘No matter which team you’re in everyone is really welcoming and it’s a great place to play and socialise after a game.’’

Once settled in Bristol, Andrew plans on heading down to one of the local rugby clubs to get involved.

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