Rugby: Paterson not going to rush into coaching

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Scottish rugby legend Chris Paterson has ruled out moving deeper into coaching at least until he completes an ambassadorial role for the Murrayfield authorities next year.

Paterson, 34, hung up his boots at the end of last season after a career that saw him become both most-capped player and record points scorer.

Immediately he was snapped up by the governing body with a view not only to promote rugby, but eventually to enter coaching. In terms of coaching, Paterson spends one day a week attached to the Edinburgh and Glasgow professional teams as well as assisting at age-group level.

However, taking the plunge into full-time coaching is not currently on the radar – even at a time when several positions north of the Border appear fluid with an interim panel having charge of the national side.

Speaking of his coaching ambitions, he said: “I was studying to be a PE teacher before I turned professional so it’s along those lines still and something I’ve considered.

“Hopefully with experience I have built up and the number of games I was lucky enough to play, along with the number of hours I’ve been coached, it’s an overused phrase, but I want to put something back in.”

However, the former full-back added: “I don’t see myself as a coach at all at the moment. It is about learning at all levels.”

Asked again about any coaching ambitions, Paterson outlined his current duties, adding: “I’m so fortunate to still be in rugby every day in so many ways. I still watch a lot of rugby, go to a lot of rugby and I’m still in close contact with guys I played with at Edinburgh.

“I work one day a week with Edinburgh and Glasgow. I work a lot with under-16 and under-20 players. I do special skills with players from Caledonia to Edinburgh and the Borders.

“There’s also work with the under-18 national side.”

So when might he commit totally to coaching, if at all?

“I don’t have a goal to be a head coach of this team or that team in so many years,” he said.

“(My goal) is to learn as much as possible in the next two years.”