We catch up with new Super6 player Gregor Christie…
Watsonians Rugby are delighted to welcome Scotland Club XV cap Gregor Christie into the squad for the upcoming FOSROC Super6 season.
The 26-year-old scrum-half played well for Currie Chieftains in the Premiership in 2019/20 as they secured a place in the play-offs before the season was declared null and void.
His form for the Malleny Park men earned him Scotland Club XV caps earlier this year against Ireland - and now he cannot wait to represent Watsonians in the FOSROC Super6 Sprint Series when it gets underway in late October.
“I watched Watsonians do well from afar in the FOSROC Super6 competition last season and I am keen to play at this level and show what I can do,” Gregor, 26, said.
“Training so far has been excellent and the coaches and the players have helped me fit in straight away and now we are all just itching to get some games under our belt.”
Gregor was born in Scotland, spending his early years in Peebles and Aberdeen before his family moved to New Zealand when he was eight.
In the southern hemisphere the family settled in Auckland and Gregor, along with his younger brother Finlay who now plays professionally for the Auckland Blues, began to turn out for Pukekohe Rugby Club.
“It is a great club and I love it there, but in 2018 I decided to move across to Scotland and played for a few months for Currie before going back to New Zealand,” he explains.
“I then returned to Currie for last season and when lockdown first hit in March I decided to head down to the Borders to work on my uncle’s farm.
“I helped out with lambing and other jobs for a few months and it certainly kept me busy and helped me stay fit!
“In recent weeks it has been good to get back to some sort of normality in terms of rugby training with the boys at Watsonians and I am excited to see what this squad can do when we do start to play games.”
Watsonians Super6 head coach Fergus Pringle said: “We are excited to have added Gregor to our squad, he played very well for Currie last year and for the Scotland Club XV against Ireland.
“We wanted to build some strength in depth at scrum-half which is a key position and we feel Gregor is a good fit for us. He’s been training well and looks a tough, hard working player - we are looking forward to seeing how he goes.”
Gregor, back, is pictured with fellow new arrival James Dalgleish
Words by Gary Heatly
Images by Graham Gaw