St Andrews Backs Coach
At the beginning of September Saints Rugby welcomed former Western Samoan international Quintan Sanft into the coaching setup at University Park, where he has taken up the role of 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.
Whilst still retaining his role as Head Coach of Kirkcaldy in BT National League Division 2, after over a decade coaching at Scottish Club level Sanft is now eager to explore rugby in a different arena.
“I’m really looking forward to working with this young and energetic squad and being involved in the university setup. It is a great opportunity to be involved in a player’s development and growth and I’m looking forward to passing on my knowledge and experience. Scott [Lawson] has formed a very hardworking and highly skilled team, and I’m keen to get the season rolling.”