Jim Mallinder explains his exciting new role with Scotland

Jim Mallinder effectively took over as director of rugby for Scotland under a new title, replacing Scott Johnson when he returned to Australia last year.

“I came in in January and had a couple of months assessing the situation – really hoping to take my time to assess all aspects of the set-up – and then, with coronavirus coming in, it has stopped everything really,” revealed the 54-year-old Englishman to the Scotsman.

“We’ve had to address recent issues such as the furlough and pay cuts and things like that.

“I’ve got some ideas, and the academies are an area I’ve got a real interest in. We’ve got a good system in Scotland, but we can improve that.”

Mallinder explained his remit: “It’s looking after all the international teams and the pro teams. Also Sevens, the age groups, Super6, the Women’s and it’s looking after all those, really.

“Having an input into them, and making sure they’re working efficiently.”


LIST | 6 sons of famous rugby players who could play for England

There is always a lot of pressure on young players attempting to become a professional rugby player at the highest level. That pressure is increased manifold when the youngster in question are famous rugby players’ sons.

Some players succumb to the pressure of filling their fathers’ boots, while others thrive under such pressure just like carbon turning into a diamond.

There are several youngsters currently playing in Englands age-grade teams who are sons of famous rugby stars. These players still have a long career ahead of them but have taken massive steps in emulating the success of their fathers.

Note: Only players aged 23 and below have been included

1. Cameron Redpath

Redpath, who is the son of former Sale and 60-cap Scotland scrum-half Bryan Redpath, recently joined Bath after the black, blue and whites paid a six-figure sum to release the 20-year-old from his existing deal with Sale Sharks.

The versatile 20-year-old is an age-group international who trained with England during the 2020 Six Nations in the build-up to their victory over Ireland. He is comfortable at centre, fly-half and full-back.

Cameron Redpath of England is tackled by Alexandre de Nardi of France during the Under 20s Six Nations Rugby Championship match between England and France at Sandy Park on February 9th 2019, Exeter, Devon. Photo: Cameron Geran/PPAUK

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