Heriot’s Rugby Club are delighted to announce the appointment of Stuart Edwards and Fin Gilles as joint Head Coaches of the FOSROC Super6 team ahead of the Championship starting on 5th August.
Stuart and Fin are being assisted by Mark Sinclair, Strength & Conditioning coach, and the medical team led by Sandi Lyall. There is also further rugby IQ available in the form of Sean Lineen Head of Rugby Development, and Phil Smith, Blues Head Coach, and Robert McKillop, Blues 2nd XV Head Coach, both fresh from winning league titles in their respective competitions last season. We are very fortunate to have a very talented coaching team at Goldenacre.
The FOSROC Super6 squad have enjoyed a few weeks off following the Sprint Series in the Spring and have back training since the beginning of July. The team have their pre-season friendlies kicking off this week, as the build up to the season intensifies.
Neil Meikle, Director of Rugby, said:
“We are fortunate to have two coaches of the calibre of Stuart and Fin who can lead the team into the Championship season. We are conducting a thorough search and recruitment process around our new Head Coach and expect to have someone in place towards the end of the year. In the meantime, we are looking forward to seeing how far this team can go with Stuart and Fin at the helm, and we are delighted with what we have seen so far.”
Stuart Edwards said:
“I am excited about the opportunity and to be working with Fin. We are mates who have a similar philosophy of how the game should be played and we are comfortable challenging each other to get the best out of our coaching both individually and collectively. This club means a lot to both of us, and we are excited to work with the squad to produce performances that everyone at Heriot’s Rugby Club can be proud of. It’s been an incredibly busy time over the last couple of months, but we have worked hard to put ourselves in the best possible place for the Super6 Championship starting in August.”
Fin Gilles added:
“I am excited, if not a little nervous for the upcoming season. To be sharing this honour with Edo (Stuart Edwards) is not only a great opportunity for us individually but a huge responsibility that we feel privileged to take on. Edo and I have a good personal and working relationship and we see the game in the same way. We will work as hard as we possibly can to ensure that Heriot’s Super6 team performs to its absolute maximum potential. We know this will be a challenge and for as long as we are in the position of joint head coach we will give the players, the management, medical team, and everyone involved with the club everything we have.”
The squad will be announced in coming weeks ahead of the first games of the FOSROC Super6 Championship, which will see Heriot’s Rugby travel to Millbrae on the 5th of August, to take on the current champions, Ayrshire Bulls, with a 7.45pm Kick Off.