The Scots School
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Rugby Development Officer Employed

Rugby Development Officer Employed


Rugby is our primary winter sport for boys with a very high participation rate. The enthusiasm, attitude and commitment of our Rugby players is something that Sports Masters and Principals from other schools have regularly commented on. To assist the skill development of our players and to enable us to compete at an increased level against much bigger schools, Scots has acquired the services of James McLaren as Rugby Development Coach this year. James is a man with strong links in the local Rugby community and someone who has played Rugby at the highest level.

James McLaren was born in Stirling, Scotland, in 1972. He immigrated to Australia and Bathurst in 1979, where Neville Wran attested that there would soon be an “International Airport and an autobahn-style freeway link to Sydney!” James attended St Stanislaus’ College, leaving in 1990 and the UWS-Hawkesbury from 1993-95 qualifying in Biological and Chemical Technologies.

James McLaren is a dual code International and was the first player to be capped by Scotland in a Rugby League international before representing in a Rugby Union international. James has played in several high profile competitions such as the 1999 and 2003 Rugby World Cups, the Celtic League, French Top 14, NRL, European Cup and Shield as well as multiple tours to New Zealand and South Africa. He played 30 Rugby Tests for Scotland; the last of these being in the 2003 World Cup held in Australia and New Zealand.

It is an exciting development for our Rugby Program to have someone of James McLaren’s caliber and passion for the game working with our coaches and players. James has been working with our Senior Rugby players since the beginning of Term One and is now working with all our teams two afternoons a week. He is looking forward to watching the boys play when the season starts in earnest and will be able to feedback helpful advice in training sessions. The boys have responded very enthusiastically to his passion and commitment to Rugby and are benefiting significantly from his expertise.

James has coached Rugby Union in Scotland, France and NSW. In addition to working with our Rugby players, he is currently assisting with the Central West Blue Bulls. James is married and has four children and currently resides in Kelso.

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The Scots School Bathurst
4173 O’Connell Road
The Scots School Lithgow
Pre-Kindergarten to Year 6
1 Col Drewe Drive

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