BEN CAIRNS has been unveiled as the new full-time head coach of the Heriot’s Rugby Super6 team. The former Scotland international centre, who announced last month that he would be leaving Stirling Wolves at the end of the 2022 Super6 Championship, will start work in his new role on Tuesday 1st November.
Cairns was one of the original Super6 head coaches appointed ahead of the 2019 tournament, following a successful stint in charge of Currie Chieftains in the Premiership. The Bridgehaugh men were pipped at the post by Watsonians in the Super6 Sprint Series earlier this year, but struggled under the weight of a huge injury list during the Championship league campaign which finished last weekend, although they did end on a high with a win over Southern Knights.
“Ben brings a level of organisation, player management, rugby knowledge and strategic vision which Heriot’s Rugby believe will continue the evolution of Super6 rugby at Goldenacre and deliver success on the pitch,” said a statement issued by the club . “Fin Gillies and Stuart Edwards will continue to be part of the coaching team working alongside Ben.”
Cairns said: “I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to come in and lead Heriots’ Super6 side. The club has a rich, successful history and I am looking forward to the challenge of adding to this.
“I was clear when I left my role with Stirling that I wanted to look for coaching opportunities closer to home which made this role so appealing. It feels like the perfect fit for myself and my young family, I cannot wait to get stuck in and we are all really excited about getting to know everyone involved at Goldie.”
Heriot’s Rugby Club Director of Rugby, Neil Meikle said: “We are proud to appoint a coach of Ben’s experience and calibre. We have long admired the way he has constructed rugby environments and playing squads which have delivered success. We are excited to see him working with Stuart and Fin and the rest of the Super6 management team.”