Become a part of the rise of women’s rugby, coach at Heriot’s Rugby Club

Join the unstoppable rise! Become part of the Heriot’s Rugby Club coaching team as Head Coach to the Scottish Premiership’s Heriot’s Blues Women. 

Sue Anstiss’ book – Game On: The Unstoppable Rise of Women’s Sport is only a couple of years old and already out of date as records are smashed and barriers broken down. The growth trajectory for women in rugby is continuing to move exponentially. Just last weekend in the TikTok Women’s Six Nations, we saw a legend of the game @Sarah Hunter receive a standing ovation from a sold out crowd for her 141st cap and final appearance for England against Scotland. 

Heriot’s Rugby Club is proud to blaze a trail for rugby in Scotland, as the only club in Scotland to have a Super Series (formerly Super6) team while boasting both women’s and men’s sides in the Premiership. In fact, the Men’s 2nd XV has also  won the reserve league for the past three years. The secret to their success is the ‘one club’ attitude, where players, management, medical staff and coaches support one another across all levels, and high performance vision of the club as a whole. 

The current coaching staff at Heriot’s Rugby Club boasts former Scotland Internationalists including Rhona Shepherd, Sean Lineen, John Hardie, Ben Cairns and Sarah Law. Recently our Heriot’s Blues Women coach, Lucy Brown, has taken up the opportunity to coach at a national level with the Scotland U16s Girls. Therefore, a unique opportunity for an ambitious and exciting coach has arisen to join this experienced and developing coaching team. Heriot’s Rugby Club believes in the development, not just of their players, but also the coaching and medical staff behind the scenes.

Speaking about the recent success within the club, President Mel McCallum said: “The development of Heriot’s Blues Women is a proud and significant part in our club’s long history. They have enjoyed great success since the team was established in late 2018. The team won the National 1 League in 2019 during their first year in the competition, were promoted to the Premiership in 2021 and enjoyed a top four finish in the same competition in 2022.” 

Rhona Shepherd, Director of Women’s Rugby said: “The opportunity to hold a Head Coach role for a Premiership team and to be further developed in your journey is incredible. You will be supported at every step to excel and the time and thought our other club leaders offer is exceptional. To have the blend of coaching expertise from Sean Lineen to Ben Cairns and Sarah Law is quite unique in any club in Scotland, perhaps even the UK.”

Heriot’s Blues Women are attracting Scotland players like Emma Orr, tipped to be the best in the world by none other than Emily Scarratt! We are also providing a pathway for young stars to progress. When she is not operating as our skills coach, Sarah Law is at Sale Sharks in the Gallagher Premiership alongside Anne Young. Former player Sophie Langford recently made her debut with England U20 and is playing her club rugby now with Exeter Chiefs. Youngsters like Elis Martin, Poppy Fletcher and Millie Capaldi are all budding young professionals making their mark in rugby union. The club are also attracting former Scottish players like Annabel Seargeant and Megan Gaffney, bringing their expertise and tactical insight to Heriot’s exciting brand of rugby.

The club is offering the unique opportunity to join the coaching team as Head Coach of Heriot’s Blues Women and are currently accepting applications via email to 

The closing date for applications is Sunday, 30th April 2023. This post is part-time and remuneration depends on experience. Full application pack is available here.

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