Scottish Rugby today announced two key appointments to the Scotland coaching team ahead of the 2020 Guinness Six Nations.
Steve Tandy – who was Ospreys Head Coach for six seasons (2012 to 2018) – joins from Super Rugby side Waratahs, where he led the side’s defence as the main proponent of the NSW Waratahs’ ‘blue wall’ for the past two seasons.
The 39-year-old former flanker played over 100 times for Ospreys, transitioning into coaching with Bridgend between 2010 and 2012, while continuing his playing career with the Swansea side.
Also joining the Scotland national team coaching group in the New Year is former France prop Pieter de Villiers, in the role of Scrum Coach.
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South Africa-born de Villiers played in two Rugby World Cups for France (1999 and 2007) earning 69 caps in an eight-year Test career, which also brought four Six Nations titles.
He moved into coaching after his retirement through injury in 2008 and joined South Africa as Scrum Coach in 2012, before switching to Stade Francais in 2018.