Scottish Rugby appoint two specialist skills coaches

Scott Lawson and Craig Dods will start new roles next month

Scott Lawson. Image: © Craig Watson -
Scott Lawson has been appointed head coach of the new FOSROC Future XV team. Image: © Craig Watson -

Scottish Rugby has appointed former international hooker Scott Lawson as a full-time specialist skills coach in [line-out] throwing, whilst Craig Dods will provide specialist coaching in kicking.

Both individuals will start in their new roles next month, reporting directly to Scottish Rugby’s Head of Player Transition Kenny Murray, and charged with ensuring that “Scotland’s national principles for both throwing and kicking are able to effectively be delivered to specific players including Scotland Women and Girls performance programs, Scotland’s representative age-grade sides, FOSROC Scottish Rugby Contracted Academy players in their respective pro-team environments and those in the FOSROC Regional Academies”.

Lawson and Dods will also be responsible for the creation and delivery of throwing and kicking coaching resources to influence the game at club and school level.

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Lawson, who came through the ranks at Biggar RFC, and was capped 47 times by Scotland between 2005 and 2018. He played pro rugby for for Glasgow Warriors, Sale Sharks, Gloucester Rugby, London Irish and Newcastle Falcons, and has previously worked for Scottish Rugby as Scotland U20 forwards coach and consulted as a throwing coach for several national representative teams. He is currently Director of Rugby at St Andrews University deference coach for Stirling County’s Super6 side.

“Since retiring from playing four years ago I have been fortunate to have developed my coaching in a number of great environments,” he said. “I’m very grateful to The University of St Andrews and Stirling County however the opportunity to work with Scottish Rugby has come at the perfect time for me.

“I’m looking forward to working with Kenny Murray and the rest of the team to further develop the next generation of Scottish players.”

Dods joins Scottish Rugby from Gala RFC where he is the Development Officer, and will work alongside Chris Paterson who will continue as specialist kicking coach across the professional and international teams. Dods was previously a development officer for Kelso RFC and was Head of Women’s Rugby in Hungary for two seasons leading them to their best-place finish on the Rugby Europe sevens circuit. He assisted with the Scotland U16 programme in 2019-2020 and has regularly coached  Scottish Rugby Academy regional age-grade sides since 2017. He is the son of former Scotland and British and Irish Lions full-back, Peter Dods.

“Kicking has been a passion of mine from a young age so I’m excited that this role will allow me the scope to work with players on an individual basis to really drill down into improving their kicking whilst helping other coaches improve their delivery of Scotland’s national principles too,” he said. “I’m looking forward to helping shape the next generation of talented rugby players in Scotland.”

Murray added: “To have two specialist full-time coaches in key areas of the game will really help all Scotland teams drive forward and up-skill the next generation of players in our country.

“To have someone of Scott’s calibre join us in a full-time capacity is really exciting. His ability to pass on all his skills, technicalities and experiences will be valuable to the development of all players. Craig is a talented young coach who has come through Scottish Rugby’s coaching pathway. His enthusiasm and technical knowledge for all aspects of the skill will help our kickers grow into the best players that they can be.”

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  1. Anyone who understands these things – are their salaries counted against the Professional or Community part of the SRU accounts?

  2. Couple of good guys there – but nothing yet on TOL about the CEO’s lucrative contract extension until 2025…..

  3. Sounds good, but when you consider the number of different teams these coaches are supposed to be covering I am unsure what positive impact two or three sessions a season with each team can actually make.

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