Colin’s international role

THE SCOTTISH Rugby Union (SRU) has announced that Colin Robertson, Strathmore RFC under 18s coach, has been appointed assistant coach for the Scotland under 17s.

Colin was previously employed by the SRU but has since taken on the role of Tayside and Fife area manager for SportsScotland.

Delighted with his new role as assistant coach for the under 18s international squad, Colin said: “This is the twentieth year I’ve been involved with Scottish Rugby and I’ve been coaching youth teams in some form during that time.”

Colin is the only coach from Angus who is also working at a national level but through his role he hopes to raise the profile of the borough. He said: “It means a lot to me to be given the job.

“I’ve been involved with national sides for so long and I’m proud of all the hard work.

“I enjoy working with the local under 18s too, I’ve worked with some of the coaches here for about eight years now, so it’s good to be involved at both ends of the scale - local and national.”

He added: “Local level is just as much of a challenge and I get just as excited coaching Strathmore as I do the national side.

“I think the club are quite pleased to have a coach who is also working at a national level, hopefully it will bring more people in.”

Since October Colin has been involved with the selection process for the squad and in February the coaching staff will bring their team together to prepare for their first game which will be against England in March.

Colin is keen to replicate last year’s good fortune when the team defeated England three times in just two weeks.

Joining Colin in the under 17s coaching team will be Peter Laverie and Dave Butcher.

The first game will be against England on Sunday, March 25 at Greenyards, Melrose with a 2pm kick-off.