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Boyd is the man as Greens appoint new head coach

By Matt Leslie

Caithness rugby club have confirmed the appointment of Ewen Boyd as their new head coach.

Boyd replaces George Sutherland, who was sacked last month, and he will bring in Mike Flavell as his assistant.

Boyd's appointment is further strengthened with the addition of Garry Anderson returning to the role as team manager and also Kenny Russell assisting with strength and conditioning development when his work commitments allow.

Boyd and Flavell have a long history with the club with many successful years of coaching experience between them and strong ties through all age groups.

The new management team impressed while recently acting in an interim capacity.

Ewen Boyd says it is a huge honour to be handed the post of head coach. Picture: James Gunn
Ewen Boyd says it is a huge honour to be handed the post of head coach. Picture: James Gunn

Club president George Sinclair said: "I'm very pleased with the appointment of the new coaching team. They bring plenty of experience to the roles, gained both in and beyond Caithness.

"That, coupled with a stronger playing squad, will surely see an improvement on the field and be part of a drive to increase the game's profile and participation across the county."

New head coach Boyd said: "It is a huge honour to be offered this post.

"The team and I are looking forward to the challenges ahead and working with everybody at the club and the wider rugby community, including the fans and sponsors, to take the club forward."

Boyd has a massive task on his hands with Caithness battling to avoid relegation from National League Three to the Caledonia League.

Their prospects of a "great escape" did not improve last weekend at Milngavie where they were beaten 44-5 by West of Scotland.

Up next for the Greens is a home fixture at Millbank against Perthshire where a bonus-point win could see Caithness leapfrog over their visitors.

Boyd said: "Yes, this game is a crucial one for us. But the team's spirit is still high.

"We are under no illusion as to where we are but we are confident that results will go our way.

"Last week we had a full complement of players with John Elder putting in huge shift at prop while Evan Sutherland and Douglas Webster carried and tidied up a lot of ball.

"West's set-piece, though, was consistent. The referee awarded them several penalties at the scrum in the first half which gave them an advantage."


Saturday, November 23

National League Division Three

(kick-offs 2pm)

Ardrossan Academicals v West of Scotland

Caithness v Perthshire

Carrick v Berwick

Howe of Fife v Hillhead/Jordanhill

Murrayfield Wanderers v Lasswade

Strathmore v Greenock Wanderers

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