Bill Cuthbertson, a former Scottish Rugby International and Seaford’s rugby coach was cheered at half time on Saturday by the crowd at Murrayfield, during the RBS Sixth Nations game between Scotland & France, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Scotland winning the Grand Slam in 1984.
Bill met Princess Anne in the President Suite inside the stadium and said: “she is very knowledgeable on the subject of rugby and she grew up watching my winning squad from the Grand Slam in 1984. She told me that she became Patron of Scottish Ruby Union after she came up to Scotland for a three day horsing event which was cancelled at the last minute. She then accepted an invitation to watch Scotland play at Murrayfield and the rest is history. We are very lucky to have such a prominent figure as Patron. “ Bill spent a fantastic weekend reminiscing with the squad who won the Grand Slam for Scotland in 1984 at Murrayfield. Bill enjoyed watching the game but said: “it was a game we should have won and certain decisions which should have been made by Scotland weren’t, the penalty should never of been given away.” He thinks that Ireland has played the best rugby so far in the RBS Sixth Nations Championship, but has backed England to win, “they’re a good young squad, things are looking bright for England.”
Bill has a passion for coaching at Seaford and said: “leadership skills are essential, finding and looking for talent and utilising what you have in a team; to help develop it, is really important. Fitness, agility, pace and dedication is what I see in many of Seaford’s players. The students do look up to you when they know what you’ve achieved. They often ask what it’s like to play against certain countries or what the atmosphere is like in the changing room pre-match. I often say to them that at International games, the atmosphere in a small changing room is hard to put into words. When you have eighty thousand people cheering you on it’s phenomenal.”
Bill Cuthbertson isn’t the only rugby star at Seaford College. John Green, Seaford’s recently appointed Head Master, is best known nationally for his sporting prowess: he played rugby for England U16s, U19s and U23s and captained England students for three years. He played professionally for the Saracens from 1992 – 1997. John was also a Harlequins Academy Coach. John Green believes that: “Seaford College’s excellence in coaching produces outstanding results unsurpassed by similar sized schools. My passion for sport is part of the Seaford DNA and I’m lucky to be involved in rugby coaching at the school. We are really proud to have Bill working with us at the school. His coaching has led to Seaford becoming Sussex U18 Rugby Champions for a second year in a row. We focus a lot on the boys’ maximising their potential. The Harlequins and England rugby star, Rob Buchanan, visited Seaford in October and undertook a training session with the 1st XV rugby team which really inspired them. Seaford also has a unique Sports Development Programme, which maximises performance through one-to-one coaching and a diet and fitness programme which in addition to the excellent coaching maximises their sporting potential.”