Glasgow bring in John Dalziel as forwards coach

Colin Newboult

Glasgow Warriors have announced that former Scotland 7s head coach John Dalziel has joined the club as forwards coach with immediate effect.

The former Border Reivers captain has left his role with the Scotland 7s, replacing Jonathan Humphreys, who will leave to join the Wales coaching team at the end of the season.

Dalziel began his coaching career at the Greenyards, taking charge of Melrose’s forwards before leading the club to three league titles and a Scottish Cup during his time as head coach.

His success in the Borders and time as assistant coach of the Scotland U20 side saw Dalziel promoted to Scotland U20 head coach in 2016, leading the team to a best-ever fifth-place finish at the 2017 World Rugby U20 Championship in Georgia.

Dalziel joins on a two-year contract from Scotland 7s, where he recently led the team to the Challenge Trophy in Hong Kong.

The coaching team for next season has almost been finalised and a further announcement will be made over the next few weeks.

Dalziel said: “I have always been clear in my ambition to coach at a professional level and my experiences so far at Melrose, London Scottish, age-grades and 7s have all led to that goal.

“I think the hard work starts now, but I am impressed with the set-up Dave Rennie has in place, there is a team approach among the coaches and I’ve worked with many of the Glasgow players through the age-grade system or 7s, so I’m very much looking forward to this new stage of my career.”

Glasgow Warriors boss Dave Rennie said: “John has earned his stripes. He’s coached at club level, in the Championship, at international age-grade and on the 7s circuit and has been successful in every role he’s been in.

“He’s a good man and an excellent young coach, innovative and driven and is highly respected by everyone at the club.

“John has a very bright future ahead of him and we’re rapt that he sees it at Glasgow Warriors.”