Rugby Nova Scotia is delighted to announce our Senior Men’s and Women’s head coaches for the next 2-year cycle.


James Alder will fill the role of Senior Men’s head coach for the 2024-205 seasons. James comes into the role with lots of experience, having been a part of the coaching staff for the last 6 years, focusing his efforts with the backs and leading the defense. As a level 3 certified coach, and a current University Men’s Head Coach at Acadia University, James is keen to grow and develop the program by building a competitive performance environment for our Senior NS athletes. We are looking forward to supporting James in his new role as head coach!

For more information on the Senior Men’s program, please reach out to Team Manager, Sarah O’Connor:


Matt Melanson will step back into the role of Head Coach with our Senior Women’s program for 2024-2025 following a very successful 2023 season. Matt has proven success in building up environments and creating a pathway for players to push themselves through competition. Provincial Performance Coach, Emma DeLory noted, “Matt works tirelessly to ensure the team has a well-rounded competition season and that our NS athletes have the best chance at pursuing their dreams of playing for Canada. He is a great fit for the program and are very appreciative of his work.” Good luck to Matt and his team in the 2024 season!

For more information on the Senior Women’s program, please reach out to Team Manager, Amanda Jardine: