Mossy Appointed Club Ambassador

Chris Paterson will continue to play an important role for Edinburgh RugbyChris Paterson, the ultimate sporting role model, is to take on a new, exciting role with Edinburgh Rugby and Scottish Rugby.

Scotland's male cap and points" record holder ended his 13-year-professional career in style at Murrayfield on Saturday contributing a try in his final outing for his former club.

Chris Paterson leaves the pitch for the last timeToday it was confirmed that 34-year-old Paterson's inspirational qualities will remain on tap to Scottish Rugby and the 2012 Heineken Cup semi-finalists in a new role which will combine both ambassadorial and coaching responsibilities.

As an outstanding full-back, Paterson played a key role for the side from more than a decade.

This new role marks the continuation of his long-standing commitment to the club, working on a broad range of projects from supporting the club's work in the rugby community and business community, while also supporting the development of the club's young players.

Edinburgh Rugby managing Director, Craig Docherty, said: "As an all-time-great player, it's fitting that Chris Paterson will continue to play a crucial role in the future of Edinburgh Rugby.

"He will help us inspire the local rugby community, engage local businesses in our increasingly successful business club and support the promotion of Edinburgh Rugby, as we seek to build on a record-breaking season."

Chris Paterson, added: "I"m really excited to learn a whole new set of skills which will help me promote and grow the game in Scotland.

"Although, as a club, Edinburgh Rugby were disappointed not to make the Heineken Cup final, the experience for the players and the great young talent coming though gives me great confidence that the future is bright at the club and I"m delighted that I can continue to play my part."

On the coaching side, Graham Lowe, Scottish Rugby's High Performance Director, said: "We are taking up the opportunity of exploring how best we can help Chris" transition from player to coach.

"We know from, for example, speaking to young players within the Edinburgh set-up the extent of the influence that Chris has and his ability to articulate the knowledge and skills he has acquired throughout his career is already evident.

"Chris has a teaching background, having studied PE before he became a professional player, and we"ve already seen his ability to mentor players " Tom Brown through the Winning Scotland Foundation initiative " and I firmly believe we can develop Chris as a specialist coach and, in turn, infuse our best young talent with the best practice and work ethic which made Chris the player he was."

Paterson will come under the wing of Duncan Hodge, his former team-mate with Edinburgh Rugby and Scotland.

Hodge now has a full-time role as national team kicking coach " which extends to working with players in the pro-teams and with age-grade squads.

Paterson's transition from seasoned player to learning the skills of a specialist coach begins this weekend (12 May) when, courtesy of the support of the Macphail Scholarship, he will fly to New Zealand on a fact-finding mission to Canterbury Crusaders.

Kenneth Ferguson, Director of the Robertson Scholarship Trust, said: 'the Macphail scholarship was started in 2004 as a means of assisting in the development of some of our best young playing talent by testing them in the intense environment of New Zealand rugby.

"In the last few years we have extended this concept by also supporting coaches in their development and we are absolutely delighted to be able to further Chris's desire to transition from playing to coaching."



A stalwart for Edinburgh Rugby for over a decade, Chris Paterson won 109 caps for Scotland between 1999 and 2011 and is Scotland's only male cap centurion. _He scored a record-breaking 809 points during that time and was frequently his country's match-winner through his deadly accurate right boot.

The Macphail Scholarship, now entering its eighth year, was established in memory of former Scotland hooker John Macphail, who died in 2004. In Macphail's business career, he was chief executive, then chairman, of the Edrington Group, a private company that is owned by the Robertson Trust.

The scholarship has a proud record of assisting the development of Scottish talent by exposing them to different environments. Previous winners include John Barclay, the Glasgow Warriors and Scotland flanker in 2005 and Edinburgh Rugby flanker Roddy Grant, the 2008 recipient.

Two of last year's recipients, lock Grant Gilchrist and stand-off Harry Leonard have played regularly for Edinburgh Rugby in the RaboDirect PRO12 and Heineken Cup this year, while Leonard and fellow scholar George Turner were involved in the past season's Scotland under-20s RBS 6 Nations campaign and both have been named in the Scotland under-20 squad for next month's IRB Junior World Championship in South Africa, with Leonard the captain.

The two players who are this year's Macphail scholars are Gregor Hunter the Edinburgh Rugby stand-off/full-back and Jonny Gray, the Hamilton and Glasgow Warriors EDP lock. Gray is the younger brother of Scotland and Glasgow Warriors lock Richie Gray.

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