BRUCE RUTHVEN will replace Rob Chrystie as head coach of the Southern Knights Super6 franchise. He will step up from his current role overseeing the Melrose ‘Club XV’ in National One at the start of January, ahead of the latest instalment of the semi-pro league which is expected to kick-off towards the end of the Six Nations.
Ruthven is former captain of Melrose and turned out 196 times for the club, and is currently full-time rugby coordinator at Erskine Stewart’s Melville College in Edinburgh. He previously coached Watsonians during the 2019-20 season, has held various Scotland age-grade coaching roles and is a UKCC Level 4 qualified coach.
“I’m looking forward to the opportunity and challenge of the Head Coach role with the Knights,” said Ruthven. “It’s an exciting time for the franchise with new beginnings and I’m sure everyone is gunning for the start of the season. I have really enjoyed my time with the Club XV and Storm at Melrose Rugby and I’m confident we will see continued development from these players in the future.
“I will be moving on from Stewart`s Melville College also which has been a great institution to be involved with and has given me a lot of great memories.”
Rob Moffat, who is Co-Director of Rugby at Melrose, added: “Bruce knows how the club operates, but also has experience in a variety of roles which will give him the experience to take on this job.
“We will give him all the support he requires to build and develop the Knights and we look forward to next season when FOSROC Super6 returns.”
Melrose Rugby has appointed Robert Grigg as interim head coach of both the 1st XV and Storm until the end of this season. Grigg is currently part of the coaching team, and Berwickshire and Duns Youth Development Officer.