EDINBURGH RUGBY have confirmed that Steve Lawrie will join the club as assistant forwards coach next season as a replacement for Ulster-bound Roddy Grant [as first reported in The Offside Line last month].
The 34-year-old, who played 44 games at hooker during two spells with the club between 2005 and 2014, and was capped once by Scotland against Samoa during the summer of 2013, was appointed head coach of Super 6 side Watsonians ahead of the launch of the new league in the autumn. A statement issued by the SRU this morning said: “Watsonian FC will now conduct a thorough search for a new Head Coach ahead of the new Super 6 season.”
Scott Lawson, another former international hooker, who is currently part of the Scotland Under-20s set-up, as well as Director of Rugby at St Andrews University, is understood to be frontrunner for the job. Former Scotland wing Nikki Walker, who is also an Under-20s coach, has also been linked.
“Steve is a good Edinburgh man and has worked really hard to achieve what he’s done in the club game,” said Edinburgh head coach Richard Cockerill. “I’m looking forward to working with him next season and beyond and to seeing him continue his development as a top young Scottish coach.”
Lawrie also played for Doncaster Knights in the English Championship between 2009-11. He represented Scotland at Under-21, 7s and ‘A’ level before earning that full international cap against Samoa in 2013.
“I’m hugely excited by the opportunity to re-join Edinburgh as a member of the coaching staff and to work alongside Richard Cockerill and the rest of the on-field team,” said Lawrie. “I’d like to thank George Watson’s College, Watsonians, Heriot’s and Scottish Rugby for supporting me in my development as a coach, and my family for their endless support. I can’t wait to get started.
“It’s an exciting time for the city to have a professional team challenging in the Heineken Champions Cup and Guinness PRO14, so I’m looking forward to earning the respect of the players and my colleagues and to contributing to the ongoing success of the club.”
A statement issued by Watsonians said: “Steve joined the club from Heriots and has enjoyed two great seasons at the helm – making big changes both on and off the pitch and was instrumental in the clubs bid for Super 6.
“Since the initial approach by Edinburgh, the club have fully supported Steve throughout the process as we recognise the opportunity it provides him to push on with his coaching career. Steve is a great example to all aspiring coaches within Scottish Club Rugby – proving that there is a pathway for those who wish to fulfil their ambition of coaching within the professional game.
“The club would like to put on record their sincere thanks to Steve for his input at WFC in his time at Myreside and wish him all the very best in his new role and for the future.”