Bryan Easson agrees long-term contract as Scotland Women head coach

New contract will run through to the Rugby World Cup in 2025

Bryan Easson
Bryan Easson leading a Scotland training session at Scotstoun in October. Image: © Craig Watson. www.craigwatson.co.uk

BRYAN Easson has been appointed head coach of Scotland on a full-time basis after being interim head since Philip Doyle stepped down in the summer. Formerly Doyle’s assistant coach, Easson has been given the job through to the Rugby World Cup of 2025, and has also been handed a wider remit under the title Technical Lead for the Women’s XVs programme.

“I am honoured and privileged to be appointed Scotland Women head coach,” he said in a Scottish Rugby statement to announce the appointment. “I have learned a lot about this group over the past few months, and alongside an excellent management team I look forward to continue to help make improvements both on and off the pitch.”

In his one Test as interim head, Easson’s team fought back to draw 13-13 with France after being 13-3 down. He had also impressed Doyle during the year or so in which the two worked together, and other figures within Scottish Rugby were quickly convinced that he deserved to take over for the long haul.

“I am delighted we can appoint Bryan to the role of head coach and technical lead of the Women’s XVs programme for the foreseeable future,” said Gemma Fay, Scottish Rugby’s head of girls’ and women’s performance rugby. “Bryan has been involved in the women’s performance programme for nearly two years, and although an experienced coach in men’s rugby has really impressed us with how he has learned to apply that knowledge and expertise in the women’s game.

“Since stepping in as interim head coach this year Bryan has demonstrated his ability to adapt in extremely difficult circumstances and still deliver development and improvement to the team.  What was important for us was to find someone who not just had the ability to develop the Scotland Women’s team to deliver on the world stage, but also someone who had the vision and the skill set to support the development and delivery of a sustainable pathway infrastructure.

“Bryan’s track record of developing people, coupled with his drive and passion to develop not just the women’s game, but females within the performance pathway in Scotland, was exactly what we require at this moment in time. We look forward to working with Bryan in the future to bring success to Scottish rugby.”

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