Reid rates Scott as a future star

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Former Scotland forward Stuart Reid believes he has helped unearth a star of the future having returned to coaching with Division Two Watsonians this season.

The eight-times capped Reid, 41, accepted an invitation from Watsonians head coach Marcus Di Rollo having previously worked with his old club Boroughmuir and has successfully piloted the Myresiders into the play-offs for a place back in the top flight as well as make a winning start to the Regional Cup as the only team this season to defeat Stewart’s-Melville.

At the heart of the effort has been Chris Scott, a former prop who has converted to flanker.

Says Reid, a member of the 1999 Scottish Five Nations title winners and a Calcutta Cup winner in 2000: “Chris has been included in the Scotland under-20 squad and has all the raw materials as a player.

“At 18, I have already made Chris Watsonians captain for a few games. His knowledge is such he has the respect of all team-mates. Second row Clark Smith has also made the Scotland under-20 squad while Tom Hart, Jamie Niven and Jack Ferguson are others to watch for.

“Just because I have played internationally does not make me a good coach but it does help me know whether a player is mentally hard and can read a game. I was fortunate to be coached by Jim Telfer, Ian McGeechan, Richie Dixon and David Johnston and that meant operating to good standards.”

Reid was launching the Glengoyne Auld Enemy Dinner he has organised in Edinburgh on Friday, February 3, the eve of the Scotland v England match, to assist Help the Heroes charity and the Bill McLaren Foundation.

For further information email Stuart Reid on: info1879@btinternet.com