Super Series: Stevie Scott leaves Watsonians to take up coaching role in English Premiership

11-times capped hooker led Myrside men to third during injury-ravaged recent Sprint competition

Stevie Scott is moving on from Myreside after coaching Watsonians during the recent Super Series Sprint campaign. Image: Graham Gaw
Stevie Scott is moving on from Myreside after coaching Watsonians during the recent Super Series Sprint campaign. Image: Graham Gaw

STEVIE SCOTT has left the role of head coach at Watsonians to pursue an opportunity to work in the English Premiership as scrum coach at Bath.

The 11-times capped former hooker took up the reins at Myreside in January and oversaw the side’s third-place finish in the recent Super Series Sprint. A replacement has not yet been recruited but long-serving assistants Richard Snedden and Nikki Walker will provide coaching continuity with further appointments offering extensive professional rugby experience to be announced soon.

“I’m incredibly thankful for the opportunity to lead Watsonians for the last six months,” said Scott. “It’s a hugely forward-thinking club with a fantastic group of players and coaches, and I’m so grateful to have been a part of it.

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“It was ultimately a tough Sprint Series to end this season, but I’m confident that the club will bounce back on the pitch and will be in a strong position to retain their Super Series title next season.

“I’d like to thank the Board, coaches, and wider playing group for my change here at Watsonians – the club will always be special to me.

“I am delighted at the opportunity to work with such a proud and established club in the Premiership – I’m really looking forward to the challenge,” he added.

“Leaving Watsonians wasn’t an easy decision for me, but ultimately the opportunity to work in one of the best leagues in the world was a really attractive prospect, and I can’t wait to get stuck in with the team.”

Watsonians’ Director of Rugby Chris Hunter added: “Stevie brought some great experience and professionalism with him to the club. I know the players and coaches will remember the intensity and attitude that Scott instilled in them and it will serve us all well. We want to say a big thank you and wish Stevie all the best in his next adventure.”

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Scott took over at Watsonians after his predecessor, Fergus Pringle, was appointed to a full-time assistant coach with the national under-20s team. He had previously had coaching spells with Selkirk, the Scottish Rugby academy, the Scotland national team, Edinburgh, Scotland Under-20s, Sale Sharks, London Scottish, Romania, USA Eagles, Utah Warriors and Worcester Warriors before the Sixways club fell into administration last year.

Having finished top of the table in both the Sprint and the Championship during 2022, Watsonians’ third place finish in the 2023 Sprint will have been viewed as a disappointment but there were mitigating factors such as an extensive injury list featuring several senior players.

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