Scotland Under 20s have confirmed their coaching team for the season ahead with Simon Cross continuing as defence coach and John Dalziel joining as forwards coach alongside new head coach Sean Lineen.
Lineen, the former Glasgow Warriors coach who played 29 Tests for Scotland between 1989 and 1992, takes over from Peter Wright who was in charge as Scotland equalled their best finish of ninth at the IRB Junior World Championship in South Africa earlier this year.
The new coaching trio had their first training camp of the season on 8 October and Lineen is exciting by having two young Scottish coaches working alongside him as he prepares for the U20 Six Nations and Junior World Championship in 2013.
“We have two young Scottish coaches who are hard-working, enthusiastic and have a great knowledge of the game and the club scene,” said Lineen.
“It’s my job to give the young players every tool and every bit of access possible to make them better rugby players and John and Simon will be crucial in helping deliver that.
“They won’t just be looking after their own areas, but have wide-ranging roles to help develop and improve the squad as a whole.
“We have an extensive programme for the coming season, including training with a number of clubs, and we must peak for two massive tournaments in the Six Nations and the IRB Junior World Championship. It’s important that we put in place an environment that is as professional as possible.”
Both Cross and Dalziel have signed on with the Under 20 set up until at least May 2014, providing continuity in the coaching team.
“I’m delighted to be given this opportunity and to work with someone like Sean who has a wealth of experience of coaching at the top level,” said Dalziel, who played Sevens for Scotland.
“I’ve also had the privilege of working with Simon as part of the Scotland Under 20A support set-up for the last two years, so I know just how good a coach he is.
“I hope to bring my own experiences to the game, particularly around the set piece, and help us really develop the technical side of the game. That can give us a crucial advantage in what will be a very competitive season.
“We’ll be working to identify the areas with strength and depth and get the most out of this squad of players.”