Dean Ryan joins Scotland staff


Former England international Dean Ryan has joined the Scotland set up for the next twelve weeks, running to the end of the Six Nations.

Ryan who has been working as a pundit on Sky Sports in recent times will take over as forwards coach for the campaign.

The former Gloucester and Bristol Head Coach will be joined by another newcomer to the set up, former Scotland hooker Stevie Scott, who will be working as a skills coach as interim Head Coach Scott Johnson shakes up his backroom staff.

Johnson took over as interim Head Coach after Andy Robinson left the post following defeat to Tonga in the recent Autumn Internationals, speaking on the appointment of Ryan and Scott he said:

“I’m delighted we have secured the services of Dean and Stevie for this year’s Championship, to get people of their calibre mid-season is a real coup.”

“Dean is a sound, knowledgeable, mature rugby man and Stevie, with his background of having played 11 times for Scotland, knows what it means to wear the jersey.”

Ryan meanwhile said: “I’ve responded to an invitation from Scott to assist the Scotland management team over the next 12 weeks, I will look to bring my experience to bear to give Scotland players the best opportunity to represent their country in the best way.”

The rest of the Scotland backroom staff will be made up of Matt Taylor as defence coach, Duncan Hodge as kicking coach and Massimo Cuttitta as scrummaging coach.

Scotland are looking for a drastic improvement on their last Six Nations campaign, where they finished with the wooden spoon having lost all of their games.

They play England at Twickenham in their opening game of the campaign on the 2nd February.

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