The club are delighted to unveil the experienced Bruce Ruthven as the man who will lead the club team in National 1 next season.
WFC are delighted to announce that the experienced Bruce Ruthven has joined the club as the new head coach of the Club XV.
Over the years as a player - when Bruce turned out over 200 times for Melrose - he had some great tussles with Watsonians on the park and now he is looking forward to helping the Edinburgh club fulfil their potential at the start of an exciting new era.
Bruce will work closely with WFC Super 6 coaches Fergus Pringle and Nikki Walker to ensure there is consistency and a pathway throughout the whole club and Director of Rugby Chris Hunter said “We are delighted to bring someone of Bruce’s calibre on board at this exciting time for the club and for rugby in Scotland.
“As a player he was part of a very good Melrose team and since then he has had a wide and varied coaching career, picking up the skills over the years which we feel will be of huge benefit to the young, up-and-coming players at Watsonians"
I am very pleased to be joining a club which I have always had great respect for from the outside.
“Now I am on the inside I look forward to getting to know the players and supporters and want to work hand in hand with Fergus and Nikki and the Super 6 squad to make sure there really is a ‘one club’ ethos moving forward.
“I am working towards my Level 4 coaching qualification currently and love working with players to help them maximise their potential - I cannot wait to get started this summer.”
As mentioned, Bruce’s playing career mainly centered around Melrose and he served The Greenyards club proudly.
He then played overseas and since then has held coaching positions with Luctonians, Ledbury and Orkney.
Most recently he has been a specialist skills coach with Melrose looking after the first and second XV while he works as the rugby coordinator at Stewart’s Melville College and is a coach with Scotland under-17 and 18.
Article By: Gary Heatly @ GH Media