Whether you are new to rugby, a former player looking to give something back to the game or a parent who wants to help their child experience rugby, coaching provides the perfect opportunity to get yourself involved.

Coaching can be a rich and satisfying experience and is central to developing, sustaining and increasing participation in rugby union

New coaches should contact their local Development Officer for advice on getting involved in coaching within their club as well as information on any upcoming ‘Start Rugby Coaching’ workshops.

See below for upcoming courses or go to the Scottish Rugby Coaching Website for more details re becoming a coach.

Or if you just want to chat with someone at Annan please contact Gary Coupland on



In partnership with Hive Learning, Scottish Rugby Coach Development have created an interactive online platform.

Over 200 videos grouped by age and stage of player are available and can be viewed via website, Apple iOS app or any internet enabled mobile device (iPhone or iPad).

Coaches/ match officials can create their own books/pages of information and share their books/pages with other users.

If you are a coach or match official operating in Scotland, you get free access to the Scottish Rugby Training Hub.

Contact Club Coach Coordinator Gary Coupland for the training hub key (access code)



The SRU launched on the 25th June 2021 two new coaching courses
As a reminder to meet SRU criteria ALL coaches must hold the minimum of Coaching Essentials course (Level 1 equivalent) by Aug ’22
A great opportunity to access the course for all.


It has been brought to the SRU’s attention that a number of clubs and schools are failing to submit any serious injury reports, despite playing a high number of matches.  Please therefore find Serious Injury Reporting Guideline detailing guidance on such for your assistance.

Any queries or concerns please contact Richard Wood, Medical Services Manager or Stuart Dow, Welfare Officer directly, (contact details are within the presentation).


All players and those connected with Annan Rugby please read the below link when you get a chance.


Dual registration is a competition rule that does not apply to youth and schools rugby but we understand that being registered to more than one club may be appropriate in some circumstances. As such the SRU have drafted some simple guidelines to provide clarity around player registration for youth players.

  • Players under the age of 18 can be registered to up to 3 organisations in SCRUMS with the following restrictions;
  • A player cannot be registered to more than one club that participates in the national competitions that are managed by the Schools & Youth Competitions Committee (Tier 1-3 Conferences and National Cups)
  • A player cannot be registered to more than one that participates in regional/local competitions or friendly fixtures (Tier 4)
  • A player can also be registered to one school


Any sport involving physical contact has inherent dangers and Scottish Rugby is committed to reducing the risks of serious injury through the implementation of its Are You Ready to Play Rugby? Policies.

It is the responsibility of those who coach or teach the game to ensure that players are prepared in a manner which ensures safe practices. It is also the responsibility of players to ensure that they participate in a manner which complies with the laws of the game and is safe and responsible. Please see the below link that has info on many aspects of player welfare


Updated guidance on concussion management for sports.

This guidance is intended to provide information on how to recognise sports concussion and on how this should be managed from the time of injury through to safe return to sport.

This information is intended for the general public and for grassroots sport participants, where  specialists in sport and exercise medicine are not available to manage concussed individuals.

At all levels in all sports if an athlete is suspected of having a concussion, they must be immediately removed from play. If in doubt, sit them out. No-one should return to sport on the same day with suspected concussion.

The graduated return to play process should start after 7 days for an adult and 14 days for someone under 19.


Annan Rugby’s Child Protection Officer (CPO) is Susan Coupland.

Susan should be contacted with any concerns regarding child protection and will take appropriate action. Susan can be contacted on or 0782 521 3367

Annan Rugby ‘s Child Protection/ SafeGuarding Policy can be found here.



Click on the following link for the Safeguarding Concern Form

Complete the form and send into our CPO – Susan Coupland and also the Lead Safeguarding Officer at Scottish Rugby via