Claire Cruikshank (Shanks)

Head of Performance, Ladies Rugby 

Claire has been a coach at Edinburgh University since 2011. During her time she has led the club to groundbreaking success. 

A former player herself, Claire has played for Scotland in both the Women's World Cup squad in 2006 and European Championships Squad in 2000.  She played for Murrayfield Wanderers for 10 years and was made Captain in 2005-06 where she lead the team to SWRU League, Cup, and National 7s titles. ​

Claire is UKCC Level 3 Qualified and has been coaching for over 15 years. Some highlights of her coaching career include: 


  • 2007-2008: Scotland Women U18 Assistant Coach

  • 2008-2010: Scotland Women Academy Coach

  • 2010-2012: Scotland Women U20 Assistant Coach

  • 2010, 2012 & 2016: Scottish University Women 7s Head Coach

  • 2010: GB Students 7s Assistant Coach, World University Games

  • 2013-2014 & 2016-2017 University Of Edinburgh Coach of the Year 

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