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Ben Cairns is County Super 6 Coach

14/12/2018

Ben Cairns is County Super 6 Coach

The Super 6 clubs have today (Friday) confirmed their full-time head coach appointments.

Following the recent signing of the tournament Licence Agreements between all six clubs and Scottish Rugby, the posts have been confirmed.

The successful Super 6 head coaches include four from the Tennent's Premiership: Peter Murchie (Ayr), Rob Chrystie (Melrose), Steve Lawrie (Watsonians) and Ben Cairns, who will leave Currie to join Stirling County. They are joined by Ciaran Beattie and Graham Shiel, who take up the roles at Heriot’s and Boroughmuir respectively.

The head coaches have been interviewed, recruited and will be employed directly by each individual club.

Ben's rugby cv reads - 

Ben Cairns, Stirling County

Former Edinburgh and Scotland centre Ben Cairns retired in 2014 after 116 professional club games and seven caps for his country and joins Stirling County from Currie Chieftains, where he has coached for the past seven years.

Cairns re-joined his former club in 2011 as a player and Skills Coach, progressing to Defence & Skills Coach (2013), Head Coach (2014) and, latterly, Head of Rugby last year.

Throughout this time, he has combined club and school coaching with George Watson’s College with various international age-grade and representative coaching roles.

He has been Head Coach of Scotland U19 and the Scotland U20 development side since 2017 following assistant coaching roles with the Scotland U19 developments side (2015), Scotland U18 (2015-17), Edinburgh U20 (2015 and 2016) and East U18 (2015-2017).

Cairns was also a recipient of the John Macphail Coaching Scholarship in 2015 and is a UKCC level 4 accredited coach.

He said: “It’s always been a big personal ambition of mine to be a full-time coach and work at the highest level I can, and I’m delighted to get this opportunity through Stirling and in Scotland.

“Stirling County is a club I’ve always liked the look of and has a lot of good people involved. It’s a proper rugby club, which I like, and has a lot of similarities to the club I’m joining from and grew up with.

“It’s a good fit for me and I’m really honoured and excited to get the opportunity to lead them into what will be a new era for the club and Scottish rugby.

“Initially I see a big part of my role being to get up to speed with how the club currently operates. I want to immerse myself in the club and really get to know the individuals who make it tick so I can hit the ground running.

“I’m also excited by the partnership the club has with the University of Stirling and I’m looking forward to growing this partnership and working with them to enhance their rugby programme.

“From a playing, refereeing and coaching perspective the Super 6 is designed to be a more professional environment and should therefore be a better shop window for those with ambition to play, coach and officiate at the highest level they can.

“Having this new tier of competition should help and I definitely see it as an opportunity to keep pushing up the ranks towards as a full-time pro coach."

The full press release may be viewed at http://www.scottishrugby.org/news/18/12/14/super-6-coaches-announced 


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