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What does it take
to become a Currie Chieftain?

We at Currie Chieftains work with a philosophy which involves two main strands.
The first is development. As a coach I love working with good people who want to get better. The most rewarding part is seeing talented players reaching their potential and becoming excellent young men and women.
The second is enjoyment and these two strands go hand in hand. Players generally want to get better and if they can see this improvement they enjoy themselves more.Whilst there is some enjoyment in having fun, for me, real enjoyment comes

from working hard to overcome challenges and achieve things that you once thought were once out of reach. This is a very exciting time to be involved with Currie Chieftains as we continue to grow and develop. Everyone involved has a real desire to continue to improve, and with this attitude we will go from strength to strength.

Join our clan…

Mark Cairns

Head Coach of the Currie Chieftains

Chieftains 2018 / 19

Senior Squad

Grant 'Scaley' WilliamsonScottish
Graeme CarsonScottish
Euan BlairScottish
Fergus McWilliamScottish
Matias ArgiroArgentinian/Italian
Cairn RamseyScottish

Fergus ScottScottish
Ben SlessorEnglish/Scottish
Connor McEvoyIrish
Billy EmslieScottish
Robbie MacKenzieScottish
Cameron WatsonScottish

Second Rows
Sam EdwardsScottish
Mike VernelScottish
Matt PooleScottish
Hamish FergusonEnglish/Scottish
Stephen AinslieScottish
Calum GreerScottish
Gary TempleScottish

Back Rows
Paul MundellScottish
Angus FarqhaurScottish
Diarmaid DeeIrish
Rhys DaviesScottish/Welsh
Josh O'BrienScottish
Walace NelsonScottish
Ronan ClarkScottish

Scrum Halfs
Gregor ChristieScottish
Matt O'NeilScottish
Cameron LesselsScottish
Fraser WrightScottish
Joe StachanScottish

Stand Offs
Gregor HunterScottish
Chris DaviesScottish
Bryn PerrottScottish

Robbie NelsonScottish
Alex HarleyScottish
Adam HallScottish
Matt McPhillipsScottish
David HallScottish
Greg HallidayScottish

Steven HamiltonScottish
Archie MacLeanScottish
Mitchell ReidScottish
Mark ConlanScottish
Chris NairnScottish
Ross HemmingsScottish
Ben DonaldsonScottish

Charlie BrettScottish
Tom HallScottish
Jonny BettsScottish
Grant HaggartScottish

Currie Chieftains Rugby Policy and Coaching Team 2019/20

Chair of the Rugby Board:

Sean Scott played club rugby with Currie RFC and represented Scotland U21 and North & Midlands. He coached mini, midi and youth levels at Currie RFC over a 20 year period, taking Currie Colts to win the Scottish Youth Cup and coaching Edinburgh U16s. He was a Premiership referee for a period of 15 years.

Head Coach:

Mark Cairns is a former Currie RFC player and Captain, featuring in the Premiership winning teams of 2006 and 2010. He is a former Captain of the Scottish Club International XV and a member of the Scotland International 7s squad. A Loughborough University Graduate in Sports Science, and former school teacher he c0-founded Coach Logic (the international video analysis and communication platform) with Currie team mate Andy Muir. He has been Assistant Coach at Currie since 2014 and stepped up to his present position in January 2019. (BSc Sports Science , UKCC Level 2, World Rugby Educator).

Assistant Coaches

Ally Donaldson was well-known as Currie’s Fly half in the 1983-2000 era. He also played representative rugby for Edinburgh and Scotland A. He began his coaching career at Currie in 2000 and was Head Coach from 2003-2014. He has also coached Scotland U18 and the Scotland Club International XV. (UKCC Level 3)

Bruce Mcnaughton played for  Currie RFC from 1983-1993. Post-retirement he became the club’s Head Coach from 1994-2002. He has a wide range of coaching experience including Murrayfield Wanderers (2003-2005), Peebles (2005-2010) and Stewart’s Melville (2010-2015), before returning to Currie. He has also coached with Edinburgh U19/U20 and Scotland U18/U19. (UKCC Level 3)

Mathew  Scott was a youth and senior Fly-half and Centre with Currie RFC before becoming a professional rugby player. He made 62 appearances for Edinburgh Rugby from 2011-2016 before transferring to the English Premiership, with 34 appearances for Gloucester. He returned to Scotland in 2018 and is a member of the current Edinburgh squad. Initially capped for Scotland U19 (2009), Scotland U20 (2010), and Scotland A (2012), he has gone on to win 39 full Scotland caps to date. He will assist Currie Chieftains video analysis programme.

Fergus Scott like his elder brother played youth and his early senior rugby at Currie distinguishing himself as an outstanding Hooker. He represented Scotland at the U17, U18, and U20 international levels, as well as playing for the Scottish Club International XV. He was contracted with Glasgow Warriors from 2012-2016. Subsequently, he has returned to Currie where he has achieved conspicuous success both as the Currie Chieftains joint captain and in building the club’s thriving Youth Development Programme and Youth Academy. He will have a responsibility for the Strength and Conditioning programme.

Currie Chieftains A Assistant Coach:
Steven Lessels

Player Welfare

Currie Chieftains Medical Director:

Matthew Iain Stewart

Qualifications: Doctor


Currie Chieftains Physio:

Tracy McAdam

Qualifications: Physiotherapist


Currie Chieftains Physio:

Sarah Chambers

Qualifications: Physiotherapist


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