Former England number eight Dean Ryan and Scotland hooker Stevie Scott have both joined the Scottish coaching team for the Six Nations.
Former England number eight Dean Ryan and Scotland hooker Stevie Scott have both joined the Scotland coaching team for the Six Nations.
The pair will work alongside intermin head coach Scott Johnson, defence coach Matt Taylor and specialist coaches Duncan Hodge and Massimo Cuttitta.
Scotland A will be led by head coach Shade Munro, forwards supremo at Glasgow Warriors and a previous forwards coach when the A team reached the final of the Churchill Cup in North America in 2006 and again in 2008.
Shade is joined by Scotland's most-capped forward, fellow internationalist and lineout exponent Scott Murray, who has been coaching the pack as well as playing for Mont de Marsan in France's Top 14. Duncan Hodge takes charge of the backs for the A team's sole match of the Six Nations window – against England Saxons at Kingston Park, Newcastle on Friday 1 February.
“Dean will be with us for 12 weeks and will bring all his top-flight coaching savvy and experience to benefit our forward pack,” said Scottish Rugby CEO Mark Dodson.
“Dean and Stevie will start work on Monday. I believe in Dean and Stevie that we have a combination here of hard-nosed experience and deep-rooted understanding of Scottish rugby and its players, which Scott Johnson and his management team will be able to call upon.”
Ryan said: “I've responded to an invitation from Scott to assist the Scotland management team over the next 12 weeks and will look to bring my experience to bear to give Scotland players the best opportunity to represent their country in the best way.”