Two George Watson’s College rugby teams will be wearing strips carrying the initials of Iain Brown, the director of sport and coach who passed away in September, when they run out at Murrayfield tonight in their respective Brewin Dolphin Scottish Schools Cup finals.
Brown’s passing at the age of 55 shocked pupils, staff, parents and the wider school community. He had been at the Capital school for 33 years and played a big part in rugby over that time, helping players such as Jason White and Marcus di Rollo on their way to full international caps.
As a result, both the Under-16 team, who take on St Aloysius at 6pm and the Under-18s, who face the High School of Dundee at 7.45pm, will have ‘IB 10’ on their jerseys. The ten refers to the fact that Brown was a stand-off in his own playing days.
His long-term colleague Ally Donaldson, who coaches the Under-18 team, said: “We all miss Iain terribly at the school, but he would be very proud that two teams have made it to this finals night.
“We wanted to put his initials on the jerseys to mark the amount of work he put in with these players and many before them and he will be in our thoughts at Murrayfield.”
Brown had a great record as a coach in the younger age-grade event. In 2006/07 and 2007/08, his Under-15s won the trophy back-to-back, defeating Edinburgh Academy and George Heriot’s 12-5 and 7-5 respectively in the finals.
In 2011/12 the under-16s then won the final 38-0 against Dollar Academy.
He also worked with the current Under-16 crop at the start of the season and Under-16 coach Mark Cairns said: “We have tried to let them play an expansive a game as possible – it was something Iain always encouraged them to do – and they have put in some good performances.”
The school has an Under-18 team in the final for the third time in a row.
Having lost in 2011/12 to Edinburgh Academy 12-11, they managed to win the event for the first time 12 months ago with a 22-17 victory over Merchiston Castle.
Ben Robbins scored two tries in that game and the winger is back again tonight.
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