DANNY WILSON will take over as Glasgow Warriors head coach when Dave Rennie moves on to the Australia job at the end of the season.
The 43-year-old has been an assistant [forwards] coach for the Scotland national team since August 2018, and prior to that had a three year spell as head coach with Cardiff Blues.
“We are very pleased Danny has accepted this important role at Glasgow Warriors as it retains an excellent coach within the Scottish professional game,” said SRU Chief Executive Mark Dodson.
“Danny has worked hard to develop Scotland’s set-piece into a real area of strength and his technical expertise, aligned with his working knowledge of many of the Warriors’ players, will be key to maintain the club’s progression in the coming years.
“He has a depth of experience from previous roles with PRO14 teams and we feel this, alongside his recent international coaching, makes him the right person for the club at this time.
“I’d like to thank Danny for his contribution to the Scotland team and wish him well as we continue our ambitious plans to make both Glasgow Warriors and Edinburgh as competitive and successful as possible in their respective competitions.”
Scotland finished fifth in the 2019 Six Nations with one win and a one draw, and were knocked out of the recent World Cup at the end of the pool stage for only the second time in history.
“The opportunity to coach such an attractive club as Glasgow Warriors was too good to miss,” said Wilson. “I’ve been extremely impressed with Scottish system in recent years and I’m looking forward to working with an exciting and talented squad of players at Warriors.
“I want to build on the high-tempo style of play that I know the fans love and pay to see week in, week out.
“The club has been challenging at the top end of the Guinness PRO14 on a regular basis and as a coach it is that type of environment and culture you want to be involved in.
“I took a huge amount of learnings from the time I have spent with Scotland through the Guinness Six Nations and Rugby World Cup and I’m thankful for that experience, which can only add to how I take on a new Head Coach role with Glasgow.”
Glasgow Warriors Managing Director Nathan Bombrys said: “We are pleased that Danny has agreed to join us next season.
“Danny brings significant Guinness PRO14 experience, has a European trophy to his credit, and international experience with Scotland.
“His background as a forwards coach will bring a different perspective to our head coaching position.
“Danny will be involved in the recruitment and planning process moving forward, and I’m really looking forward to working closely with him in preparation for next season.
“But for now, our focus remains on the current campaign and our efforts to get back into the Guinness PRO14 Final Series and knock-out stages of the Heineken Champions Cup.”
Wilson will continue to work with Scotland until after the 2020 Guinness Six Nations.