Shaun Wane to join Scotland RU

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Wigan Warriors head coach Shaun Wane will link up with Scotland RU at the end of this season as a High Performance Coach.

Wane admitted last month that he would be interested in taking a coaching role with Scotland and it was announced today that his “areas of focus will prioritise defensive technique and understanding, handling and agility skills for front five forwards and mindset, especially for players in the BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy.”

In the press release, Wane commented: “I see this as a fantastic opportunity to not only impart what I have learnt over my career in rugby league as a player and coach, but also to learn myself from Union and look to support the excellent work already being done in Scotland.

“The Scottish way of playing the game is fast, highly skilled and positive and that is something I want to contribute to, and help develop further.

“It is a fresh challenge for me, but the chance to work across all the teams and age-grades, with the BT Sport Academy players, both male and female, was an opportunity I am excited to take.”

Scotland Head Coach, Gregor Townsend, added: “There is a lot we can learn from Shaun in both the technical side of the game as well as wider aspects of coaching,”

“The range of skills now needed across the pitch in rugby union, aligned with the style of play we are developing means that all our players have to be able to pass accurately and deploy effective lines of running that will either hold defenders or find space.

“What Shaun brings from rugby league is immediately transferrable and will add real value.”