Rugby coach goes global

The schools’ Head of Rugby, Craig Sorbie, is gearing up for an Eastern adventure as he joins the PROJECX Waterboys at the Hong Kong 10s next month.

Mr Sorbie, 32, will train the rugby team at the international event on April 5 and 6.

The Waterboys team was founded in 2012 with the aim of providing young rugby players, with a Scottish link, the opportunity to visit the world’s largest tournaments.

Last November, Mr Sorbie coached the PROJECX Waterboys in Dubai as they played in two events at the Dubai Sevens- the International Open tournament and the International Social tournament.

Before his flight to Hong Kong, Mr Sorbie will be taking the team to Kinsale in Ireland to compete, then flying out with them to play in Amsterdam at the end of May.

He said: “This is a really exciting opportunity for myself and the team, the sevens and 10s versions of the game have always been fantastic experiences to learn from and I look forward to seeing how far this journey can go. 

“The tournament in Hong Kong has always been an opportunity I’d been interested in as it is the main invitational tournament I never managed to participate in as a player.”

Mr Sorbie began playing rugby as a youngster at his local club in Biggar, then playing for Watsonians when he moved to Edinburgh to study.

He has been involved in the Scotland Sevens training squads and was selected by several invitational squads, then going on to play for GHA in Glasgow.

On his work, Rector Colin Gambles added: “Craig is an inspirational coach for our young rugby enthusiasts and we are delighted to be able to support him as his coaching career continues to progress from strength to strength.

“Coaching the PROJECX Waterboys will be a super experience for Craig, and we know that our school rugby will benefit from this as well as Craig.”

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