Watsonians give new roles to Fraser Brown and Grant Gilchrist in Super Series coaching team

Nikki Walker and Richard Sneddon will remain with the Myreside club as assistant coaches in the forthcoming Sprint campaign

Fraser Brown
Fraser Brown will be Watsonians' head coach in the forthcoming Super Series Sprint. Image: © Craig Watson www.craigwatson.co.uk

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.


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“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.”


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11 Comments

  1. Bit of a slap in the face for Walker. And you would think Brown and Giilchrist were getting paid enough already or do they pick up the 40K for Brown and whatever Gilchrist will be getting thrown at him.

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  2. While I remain unconvinced about the geographical spread of Super 6 at least there seems to be a commitment to developing former or current players as coaches, and that has to be a positive step in improving coaching.

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    • Yes, because appointing an existing SRU employee on a part-time basis for an undisclosed period of time is clearly a long term commitment. 🤦‍♀️

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    • Angry Gala 2 .
      This farce is hemorrhaging money from Scottish rugby by the thousands .
      Not sustainable in the current climate at Murrayfield who’s boss ( who’s been shown the door )
      lost 10 million during year .

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    • The rumour is that this will be the last. The next incarnation if the rumours are to be believed is a Scottish Premiership with the so called super six and top four finishers of 2023/2024 premiership

      • Interesting – I wonder what becomes of the Club xvs of the Super 6 / Series entities (Heriots in current premiership & Ayr being promoted) – would they be eligible for promotion to this new league (or is that being ring-fenced like the current Super 6 / Series?

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