Coaching Staff

Director of Rugby

Scott Lawson

Scott was appointed Director of Rugby at the University of St Andrews after an extensive international career playing for Scotland.

He joined the University from Newcastle Falcons, bringing a wealth of experience playing Premiership rugby for over a decade.

Scott started his rugby career at Biggar RFC, before earning a professional contract at Glasgow Warriors, spending four seasons playing in the Pro12 before a move to the Premiership, spending a season with Sale before moving to Gloucester Rugby for four years.

He is a vastly experienced former Scotland international with 47 caps, which include a try-scoring performance in his team’s opening match of the 2007 Rugby World Cup while also appearing in the 2011 tournament.

In addition to his playing commitments with Newcastle Falcons, Scott was Director of Rugby at National Two North Club Tynedale RFC, having previously been an Elite Specialist Skills Coach with Scottish Rugby. He has recently joined the Scotland U20 coaching team for the upcoming Six Nations and Junior World Cup.

Coaching team

1st XV Backs Coach

Former Western Samoan international Quintan Sanft joined the coaching setup at Saints Rugby in 2018, where he took on the role of 1st XV Backs Coach.

Sanft was born in Apia, the capital of Samoa but moved to New Zealand when he was a teenager. Honours soon came his way with appearances for the New Zealand schools, under-19 and under-21 sides, culminating in a contract with the New Zealand RFU.

Looking to do something a little bit different in the summer off-season away from the New Zealand 7s circuit, Sanft moved to Scotland to play for Kirkcaldy in the national leagues. After a spell with Biggar Rugby Cub, he moved back to the Fife club in 2005 to take on the role of Player Coach.

Representing Western Samoa in the early 2000s, his last against Scotland at BT Murrayfield, Sanft made a return to international rugby on the sevens circuit in 2004, and again in 2009 at IRB International Sevens events in London and Edinburgh.

North-East Fife Rugby Development Officer

Callum was appointed as the North-East Fife Rugby Development Officer in October 2019. This exciting new position is jointly funded by St Leonards, the University of St Andrews, Scottish Rugby and Madras Rugby Club, with the aim of growing youth rugby in St Andrews.

Callum’s role involves actively promoting the ethos of Scottish Rugby, creating a resource across North-East Fife to facilitate, deliver and support the development and sustainability of rugby programmes within local schools, the University and club environments.

Prior to being appointed to the post, Callum, who is originally from Kirkcaldy, completed a BSC (Hons) in Sports Development and Coaching at Abertay University, and worked with both the Strathmore Community Trust in Forfar, making rugby inclusive and accessible to adults and children with autism and other disabilities, and Glasgow Life.

His previous experience also includes over seven years as a volunteer coach with Kirkcaldy Rugby Wee Blues and captaining the Abertay University team in their 2018 Scottish Cup winning season. He continues to play with National 3 newcomers Strathmore Rugby Club.

Strength and Conditioning Manager

Allan has worked within the University’s Department of Sport and Exercise for several years now and brings a wealth of practical training experience to the table.

Having competed in several different sports (including football, kickboxing and triathlon) he understands what it takes to compete at a high level. Over the years Allan has picked up many fitness qualifications and has several years experience working as a Personal Trainer and Gym Instructor, before moving into a more sports performance based role.

Allan has been an Accredited Strength and Conditioning Coach (ASCC), with the UK Strength and Conditioning Association since 2008 and continues to attend all the workshop and conferences available, to ensure he remains at the cutting edge of applied research.

As well as his work for the University, Allan also works part-time with the Scottish Institute of Sport, as a Strength and Conditioning Coach, as well as working with Dundee United Football Club – providing both field based, and gym based strength and conditioning support.

Coaching qualifications

The University provides many opportunities for students to gain coaching qualifications during their time at St Andrews, running subsidised courses each year.

Through Scottish Rugby, students have the opportunity to gain formal coaching qualifications or attend refereeing courses as a pathway into coaching and officiating beyond university.