Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 27 December 2014

Cairns plans for future

Ben Cairns' playing career has been hampered by knee problems in recent years
Ben Cairns' playing career has been hampered by knee problems in recent years

Scotland centre Ben Cairns has been named defence and skills coach for former club Currie as he begins to plan for the future.

The 27-year-old's Edinburgh contract expires this summer but he is still working with the club's medical and fitness staff after suffering from knee problems in recent years, and aims to prove his fitness and earn a new deal.

Cairns suffered cruciate ligament damage almost two years ago and experienced cartilage problems after coming back in December to make six appearances for Edinburgh and one run-out for Scotland A.

Cairns, who has made more than 100 appearances for Edinburgh, said: "I'm really grateful for the chance offered by both Edinburgh Rugby and Currie to pursue my ambitions of playing and coaching at two great clubs.

"I still believe I have a lot offer on the pitch, but a professional playing career is a short one and it's important we all prepare ourselves for life after rugby."

Currie head coach Ally Donaldson said: "Ben still has realistic ambitions to play the game at the highest level but this is a great opportunity for him to cut his teeth in coaching and see if it's a career he'd like to pursue.

"He grew up playing for the club, and his brother Mark is captain so he's never far away from Malleny Park.

"It's good to formalise an arrangement with him and we look forward to bringing his experience and enthusiasm to the first team and across all ages at the club."

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