Pete Horne takes full-time role as Scotland assistant coach

Brad Mooar will not work with the squad going forward after being part of the coaching team from the start of the year

Pete Horne has become a Scotland assistant coach on a permanent basis. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Pete Horne has become a Scotland assistant coach on a permanent basis. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

PETE HORNE has been named as Scotland assistant coach on a full-time basis, specialising in the attack and contact area, having worked with the team already this year during the Six Nations and Rugby World Cup.

The former Scotland midfielder, who cut his coaching teeth with Ayrshire Bulls Super Series team and Glasgow Warriors,  will work under head coach Gregor Townsend and alongside fellow assistant coaches Steve Tandy, John Dalziel and Pieter de Villiers as preparation begins for the 2024 Six Nations.

New Zealander Brad Mooar will not work with the squad going forward after being part of the coaching team from the start of the year.


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“Coaching the Scotland team in the last year has been a privilege and a massive opportunity for me to work on the biggest stage,” said Horne. “To have the chance to continue that in a full-time capacity is something I’m relishing.

“My time coaching with Ayrshire Bulls and Glasgow Warriors has helped me prepare for my experiences with the national team and I have taken a lot of learnings from the past year. Working with this talented group of players greatly motivates me as a coach, as does the potential of this squad.

“I can’t wait to meet up with the players and management in 2024 and make further progress.”

Townsend said: “Pete is a very talented coach and has a great relationship with the players. He has also complemented the dynamic within the coaching group since joining us at the start of the year and brings valuable insight.

“I have been very impressed with his coaching style and the ideas he brings to the table. He has brought a lot of value this year working with us and for him to take on the role full-time will be of great benefit to the players. I look forward to working with him on the attack side of our game.

“I’d like to thank Brad for his help in the last year and we wish him well for the future.”


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27 Comments

    • Barely a third of the players at Glasgow n Edinburgh are Scottish….your right with a bit more effort we could get that down to zero….maybe just outright ban grassroots rugby then we could divert all the ££ to CEO and foreign scouts….

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      • I don’t know where you got your figures from – I’ve just had a quick look over the Edinburgh and Glasgow squads and of the combined total of 97 players on the books (according to their websites), 75 are Scottish, and I haven’t included those that are qualified to play for Scotland via residency. Unless, of course, you only consider people born in Scotland as Scottish…which would be a very narrow definition of nationality and bordering on the ridiculous when you consider the number of Scots who work and live in England and further afield.

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  1. Contrary to some opinions on here I think this is a great appointment…. if a bit of Franco’s style can rub off on the national team it can only be a good thing!

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    • It is simply a consolidation and extension of Horne’s previous interim appointment but I wish him well. However, I think that GT concentrates on style anyway which is useless without substance. It’s early days but perhaps Franco and GT should swap places, as Franco seems to deliver both style and substance along with streetwise grunt, which Scotland currently lack under the present regime.

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  2. Here we go again. Ex player not prepared to go to grass roots level
    to learn the ropes. Anybody can coach at the highest level. Who’s going to run on with the water now?
    What about helping the poor U18 & 20s who need guidance from somebody who has actually played the game.
    After all this is our future. ( unless we are going to fly in players from all over the planet to fill the gap)
    That tells you exactly what they think about the pathway development.
    Shameful again.

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    • May be wrong but pretty sure he was involved in coaching the club side at GHK for a period before taking the Super 6 role at Ayr, moving on to Glasgow and then Scotland… bit unfair to say that he hasnt been prepared to coach at grass level when he would have been coaching in Nat 1/2 a couple of years ago and has worked his way up the ladder since.

  3. GT has always been Glasgow-centric since he coached Glasgow. In some cases it has been justified, in others, almost blinkered stubborn selection attitudes, perversely ignoring form players from other clubs. It seems to be coming a bit too cosy within the Scotland coaching group, especially as the WC reviews and appraisals, if they have or will ever take place, will not be made public. Surely the fans deserve open public accountability for those on inflated salaries. Secrecy surrounding past issues does not inspire confidence.

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  4. A coach with little to no track record at any level in the game is entrusted with developing our national sides attack and contact skills to close the gap (chasm) to the top 4 teams in world?! I would suspect the SRU’s poor financial situation has a bearing on this appointment. Pete Horne is likely to be somewhat more affordable than a proven attack coach, and if this is the basis for his appointment costs are being cut in areas that will be detrimental to performances on the pitch.

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    • The cheery brigade are out in force again. Employ a foreign coach and they criticise for not looking at home. Go to a home borne coach and it’s because the SRU are skint and saving money. Reach our highest position in world rugby and it’s a chasm between us and the top 4. I do get a laugh out these comments. 84-90 Murrayfield. Maybe SA 50’s would be a better name 😀

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      • Iain, you appear to be a glass half full type of guy, but I’m struggling to see how you think this is a positive appointment given Scotland’s World Cup performances against 2 of the top 4 nations. There is a huge gap (yes that is a chasm) between the skill level and execution of a game plan (was there one against Ireland?) of those sides and ourselves which no one can argue against. The coaches should have been held accountable for this but instead they are allowed to continue. All in favour of home grown coaches but they need to earn their spurs first. If we don’t have anyone suitable, of course we have to look elsewhere, even if it is for a different dynamic and approach to coaching. I guess with your glass half full outlook your expecting a performance against Ireland in the six nations full of ingenuity and enterprise? Nothing has changed in the setup so in my glass half empty (or realistic) view, we will be on a hiding to nothing yet again. You may make mockery of my moniker on here but it’s maybe an indication of my passion for rugby in Scotland, and hence a vested interest in a governing body that is competent.

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      • As always Milne rubbishes others for having an opinion but offers nothing himself.

        How typical of dinosaurs like him. With the likes of him and his mate Dodson it’s no wonder Scottish rugby is dying.

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  5. To be fair Pete Horne may well turn out to be a very good coach….but the rest have had their chances and only produced mediocrity…there should have been significant changes. Not surprising at all though. Here we go another 4th/5th place 6N finish….they might find fans start to dwindle from the tests..

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  6. To quote Martin Hall, “If you keep doing what you keep doing, you will keep getting what you keep getting”.

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  7. So failure at the WC by all the coaches with the so called best squad we have ever had and one gets promoted to full time. The boy has been coaching for 2 years. Or is it the case GT ensuring another yes man in his ranks. Mediocrity breeds within this coaching group and it is not going to get any better. If they had anything about them they would have all stood down after another heavily resourced failure.

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  8. Did Horne or Toonie actually say the quotes attributed to them? Reads like a copper boilered SRU press release and if so why not publish as such?

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      • Another jobs for the boys appointment. Peter Horne has made a great living out of simply being around the right people. He was a decent club level player, capped beyond his ability, with a consistent knack of being able to miss kicks directly in front of the posts.

        His ‘experience’ at Ayr smacks of filling time until GT could bleed another yes man into the system. It is obvious that he was pencilled in for a job from the start. Yet again, the recruitment policy at the SRU is more in keeping with the ‘who you know’ school of HR. Horne has shown nothing so far to suggest he should be a full time coach of a team that aspires to be the 5th ranked side in the world.

        There are very clear similarities to the Mike Blair situation. Blair was basically handed one top job after the other. Then, when the chips were down at Edinburgh, he walked away saying he didn’t really want to be a head coach anyway. That should have been treated as a humiliation for the SRU. Blair gave off the attitude of a person who had never really had to graft for the jobs that were handed to him and had no shame in chucking a position that some people would give their right arm for. That is a direct symptom of self- entitlement.

        It’s not Horne I blame personally. Its free money for him. Who wouldn’t take it. The whole culture in this nepotistic and crony infested county, which goes beyond rugby admittedly, is sick to the core.

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