Former Scotland loosehead named Bristol scrum coach

Date published: July 1 2020

Bristol Bears have confirmed the arrival of ex-Scotland prop Alasdair Dickinson as the club’s new scrum coach on a three-year deal.

The former Scottish international, who made 58 appearances for his country and appeared in three Rugby World Cups, is one of the most highly-regarded young coaches in the UK.

Since retiring in 2018, Dickinson has been serving as scrum coach with the Scottish Rugby Union, working with Scotland Women, Scotland U20s and the Scottish Rugby Academies.

Director of rugby Pat Lam said: “After a lengthy and thorough process, we’re delighted to bring Alasdair onboard as the standout candidate for the scrum coach role.

“Alasdair is a young coach with huge ability and a hunger to develop himself into a world-class scrum coach. He’s played at the very highest level and has a detailed understanding of the set-piece and how it can be a destructive weapon for the team.

“We’re proud of the progress we have made with our set-piece and our ambition is to have the most dominant scrum in the Premiership.”

Dickinson represented Edinburgh, Gloucester and Sale Sharks during a 15-year professional career, making his test debut against New Zealand in 2007.

The 36-year-old added: “The opportunity to join a club like Bristol is massive for me and I’m grateful to Pat for putting his faith in me. I’ve been impressed by the environment and vision of the Bears and clearly everything is in place for the club to push forward over the next few years.

“I have ambitions to be world class in my field and have already learned so much during my time coaching with Scotland. The quality of the Bears forward unit – with a blend of experience and really exciting young players – is outstanding and I’m looking forward to working with the group, continuing to develop that pack mentality and helping to take Bears to the next level.”