Colin Robertson handed top job at Dundee HSFP

Dundee HSFP are delighted to announce Colin Robertson as their new head coach. Robertson, a former assistant coach at Dundee, returns to Mayfield to replace Ian Rankin, who is leaving after a successful ten-year spell.

Colin RobertsonA member of the current Scottish Rugby High Performance Coach Programme, he brings a vast amount of experience gained from spells as national coaching manager, then national academy coach and head coach of Scotland under-20, under-19 and under-18. He is currently sportscotland Institute of sport network manager/high performance manager and a member of the Scotland under-17 management.

Dundee HSFP president, Gerry Tosh, said: “I’m delighted to welcome Colin back to Mayfield on behalf of the club and feel sure we have the right man to lead us to great things in the ‘post-Rankin’ era.

“Ranks has been an exceptional servant of the club for a decade and I’m confident that Colin will be able to build on that success. We’re looking forward to working closely with him.”

Robertson said: “I’m delighted to have been appointed as head coach of Dundee HSFP. I helped coach the team back in the 1990s and of course I have gained a fair bit of experience since then!

“I look forward to working with all the players, current and new, to build on what has been a tremendous few years under Ian Rankin, for whom I have great respect. I know quite a few of the players from various national squads and national academy work, and hopefully that knowledge will come in useful.

“We will work hard on our speed of play and will look to develop a number of key game areas. Dundee are one of the top clubs in Scotland and got very close to winning the title last year, so our standards will remain high, both in preparation and work ethic.”

Robertson will be assisted by forwards’ specialist, JJ Van Der Esch, another long-serving club stalwart and by strength and conditioning coach Steve McMullan.