Matt Taylor leaves Scotland coaching job to join Australia with immediate effect

Matt Taylor is moving back to his native Australia. Image: © Craig Watson -
Matt Taylor is moving back to his native Australia. Image: © Craig Watson -

MATT TAYLOR has left the Scotland coaching set-up with immediate effect, to take up a similar role back in his native Australia, where he will work under outgoing Glasgow Warriors coach Dave Rennie after the end of the current season.

His replacement in overseeing defence for the national team has not yet been revealed, although further announcements on this subject are expected later today. Time is of the essence in terms of getting a new appointment in place given that the start of the Six Nations is just over a month away.

He is the second senior member of Gregor Townsend‘s backroom staff to have announced that they are moving on since the end of Scotland’s highly disappointing World Cup campaign, with it being revealed last month that forwards coach Danny Wilson was being shifted westward to replace Rennie at Glasgow Warriors next season.

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“I would like to thank the players and the staff of both Scotland and Glasgow Warriors for the friendship they have shown to me and my family over the past eight years,” said Taylor.

“The moments we’ve shared through this period will stay with us for many more to come. The Calcutta Cup win in 2018 with Scotland and winning the PRO12 title in 2015 with Glasgow are ones which will always remain vivid.

“I’d like to take the opportunity to thank my family – Kirsten, Brianna and Cruz – who came to Scotland to start a new life and support me. They have done so in spades.

“We made Scotland our home and have made so many close and lifelong friends. Although the move back to Australia opens a new chapter in our lives, it’s not a case of closing the book here. We will always stay connected to our friends and family and particularly the Scotland national team.

“I’m going to miss Flower of Scotland, the roar of BT Murrayfield, the passion of Scotstoun and – most of all – the celebrations in the changing room after a game with players and staff alike, but the time is right to take on a new challenge.”

Taylor joined the Scottish coaching system in 2012 from the Queensland Reds after their title-winning Super Rugby season in a dual role covering Glasgow Warriors and Scotland’s defence, later working exclusively for the national team after Townsend took the head coach job in the summer of 2017

“It’s been a real pleasure working with Matt both at Glasgow and Scotland,” said Townsend. “As teammates back at the Borders we talked a lot about the possibility of going into coaching, then we used to share notes and learnings as we began our coaching careers on opposite sides of the world.

“Matt is passionate about coaching – helping players and the team improve, and also continually striving to be a better coach. He can be really proud of a number of achievements he helped create over an eight-year period in Scottish rugby.

“We wish him all the best in his new challenge, working with the country he grew up in. I’m sure he’ll do a great job.”

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  1. Not sure how I feel about this, but I guess, ultimately, our defence has been pretty crap, so I’ll just wish him well in his future endeavours.

    Just need an attack coach now to allow Toony to concentrate on the bigger picture.

    And a FT, permanent “mental” coach, as everyone else has that advantage over us.

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