Scotland: Two new specialist national roles appointed

Date published: June 22 2022 - Lawrence Nolan

The Scottish Rugby Union has appointed two new specialist coach roles within its high performance unit to ensure continuity across its high-level teams.

Craig Dods, a development officer with Gala, former head of Hungary women’s rugby and son of Peter Dods, the former Gala and Scotland full-back who was goal-kicker in the 1984 Scotland Grand Slam team, will be a kicking coach while former Scotland international hooker Scott Lawson has joined as a throwing specialist.

Effective national skill delivery

The pair will be a part of the Scottish player development pathway staff and will report to the SRU head of player transition Kenny Murray.

“These two new full-time roles have been created to ensure that Scotland’s national principles for both throwing and kicking are able to effectively be delivered to specific players including Scotland Women and Girls performance programmes, Scotland’s representative age-grade sides, FOSROC Scottish Rugby Contracted Academy players in their respective pro-team environments and those in the FOSROC Regional Academies,” read an SRU statement.

Lawson is a former Scotland U20 forwards coach and has already worked as a throwing coach consultant for several national representative teams.

“I’m looking forward to working with Kenny Murray and the rest of the team to further develop the next generation of Scottish players,” said Lawson.

Dods will work alongside Chris Paterson who will continue as specialist kicking coach across the professional and international teams.

“Kicking has been a passion of mine from a young age so I’m excited that this role will allow me the scope to work with players on an individual basis,” he said.

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