WATSONIANS have promoted Fraser Brown to the position of head coach for the forthcoming Super Series Sprint. Nikki Walker, head coach last season, will stay with the Myreside club as assistant coach alongside specialist coach Richard Sneddon, while Grant Gilchrist will join the set-up to work on line-out strategy.
Scotland and Glasgow hooker Brown will also continue his rehab programme on a knee injury with the Warriors, while Gilchrist will also carry on his primary career as a lock with Edinburgh and the national team.
“I thoroughly enjoyed leading Watsonians forwards last year,” Brown said. “Leading an entire squad in a head-coaching role is something I have wanted to do for a number of years.There was real progress in the squad last year so now to be given the opportunity to take charge of the team for the next season is an honour. It’s something I’m really excited about.
“Watsonians have a rich history of playing exciting and successful rugby at Myreside as one of Scotland’s most successful clubs. I’m delighted that we’ve been able to retain Nikki and Richard for the forthcoming season: they’re both excellent coaches and I can’t wait to work alongside them once again.
“Grant and I have known each other a long time. His knowledge and expertise around the lineout is second to none, along with Nikki and Richard they are top quality men off the pitch, I’m confident that he will be a fantastic addition to the great culture we have here at Watsonians.”
Chris Hunter, Watsonians’ director of rugby, said: “As a club we are thrilled to see Fraser step up to the Head Coach position ahead of the 2024 season. He brought a huge amount of experience and intensity to our forward pack last year, and I’m really looking forward to seeing him work alongside Nikki, Richard, and Grant this year.
“We’ve built not only an incredible range of experience and specialisms to our coaching staff, but have also focussed on bringing in and retaining high-character individuals who will really help us to drive standards both on and off the pitch.”