FERGUS PRINGLE has been named as the new head coach of the Watsonians Super 6 side with former Scotland wing Nikki Walker as his assistant.
South African-born Pringle arrived in Scotland in 2003, initially to play club rugby with Hawick, before signing a pro contract with Edinburgh and also playing for Scotland A. Towards the end of his playing career, he turned out for Boroughmuir and was part of their 2007-08 Championship season, before becoming an assistant coach at Meggetland during the 2008-9 season, and then serving four years as head coach between 2009-10 and 2012-13.
Since then he has had a stint working as forwards coach at Currie, coached the Romania Under-20 national side in 2017-18 and has been working as a rugby development officer in East Lothian.
“I am delighted to be given the opportunity of being the head coach of Watsonians,” said Pringle. “They are a club that I have always admired with strong traditions and Stevie has done a great job in the last two seasons to get them competing for play off places.
“There is some exciting young talent in Scotland which I have seen first hand working in East Lothian. There are also some really committed club players who want to challenge themselves, reach their full potential and play to the highest standard they can. Super 6 is a great opportunity combine this youth with experience and continue raising standards in the Scottish game.”
Walker was part of the Hawick team which won the domestic double in 2001-02 and soon after joined the Border Reivers pro side, before earning the first of his 24 international caps against Romania in November 2002. He was part of the Ospreys squad that won two PRO12 titles in 2006-07 and 2009-10, and also had stints with Worcester Warriors and Edinburgh.
He was head coach at Hawick for three seasons between 2014-15 and 2016-17 and since then has been working at Borders College in their rugby programme and as an assistant coach to the Scotland Under-20s team.
“We are delighted to appoint Fergus and Nikki as Head Coach and Assistant Coach respectively,” said Watsonians Director of Rugby Chris Hunter. “They are both very experienced and have great knowledge of the Scottish club game. Fergus and Nikki clearly share the club’s ambitions as we embark on Super 6 and that was a big draw for the club.”