STATEMENT: Scotland confirm coach has departed, replacement already appointed - Ruck

STATEMENT: Scotland confirm coach has departed, replacement already appointed

Pete Horne has assumed the role of Scotland’s assistant coach, specializing in attack and the contact area. He collaborated with the team during the recent Guinness Six Nations and the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

A former Scotland international with 45 caps to his name, Horne transitions into this position following his tenure with the Glasgow Warriors. In his new role, he will join head coach Gregor Townsend and fellow assistants Steve Tandy, John Dalziel, and Pieter de Villiers as they gear up for the preparations leading to the 2024 Guinness Six Nations.

Horne, who retired in 2021 after a distinguished playing career, previously served as the head coach of Ayrshire Bulls before taking on the role of assistant coach at Glasgow Warriors.

Meanwhile, Brad Mooar, who has been part of the coaching team since the beginning of the year, will not continue with the squad as his consultancy period comes to an end.

Pete Horne said: “Coaching the Scotland team in the last year has been a privilege and a massive opportunity for me to work on the biggest stage. To have the chance to continue that in a full-time capacity is something I’m relishing.

“My time coaching with Ayrshire Bulls and Glasgow Warriors has helped me prepare for my experiences with the national team and I have taken a lot of learnings from the past year. Working with this talented group of players greatly motivates me as a coach, as does the potential of this squad.

“I can’t wait to meet up with the players and management in 2024 and make further progress.”

Gregor Townsend said: “Pete is a very talented coach and has a great relationship with the players. He has also complemented the dynamic within the coaching group since joining us at the start of the year and brings valuable insight.

“I have been very impressed with his coaching style and the ideas he brings to the table. He has brought a lot of value this year working with us and for him to take on the role full-time will be of great benefit to the players. I look forward to working with him on the attack side of our game.

“I’d like to thank Brad for his help in the last year and we wish him well for the future.

“Having a coach of his experience as part of the management team was invaluable this year. As a consultant his fresh ideas brought a lot to the table and was someone the players enjoyed working with and took a lot of learnings from.”

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