Former Edinburgh Rugby scrum-half Mike Blair has begun a journey that could take him to the top of the coaching ladder.
Blair, 33, now in the twilight of a playing career with Newcastle Falcons after retiring from Test rugby with 85 Scotland caps, is cutting his teeth with Durham and Northumberland Division Two leaders Ponteland.
Blair says of post-playing ambitions: “I started (coaching) in August, the initial reason being I am doing my level-three coaching qualification.
“I maybe started out doing it because I had to in order to get the coaching badge, but I very quickly began enjoying it and have been getting a lot out of it.”
Blair also tells the Newcastle Chronicle: “I aspire to do something coaching-wise when I finish playing, and Ponteland has been a great place to start off down that path.”
Also coaching Ponteland is another former Edinburgh and Scotland player now with the Falcons, Ally Hogg