Scottish Rugby confirm Jim Mallinder as new Director of Performance Rugby

Jim Mallinder in November 2016, during his time as Northampton Saints Director of Rugby. Image: Fotosport/David Gibson

SCOTTISH RUGBY has confirmed that Jim Mallinder is to become the Director of Performance Rugby charged with leading the organisation’s performance department “from the newly created Super6 competition for part-time professional club teams through to the Scotland men’s national team”. His start date is still to be confirmed,

“His remit will include developing the player pathway through the age-grade and Fosroc Academy structure to feed into Scotland’s two professional teams, Edinburgh and Glasgow Warriors, Scotland 7s, Scotland Women and ultimately the Scotland men’s national team,” said a statement issued by the SRU.

There will also be oversight on the medical, physio, strength & conditioning, analysis, nutrition and competition preparation provision at the elite end of the Scottish game.

He replaces Scott Johnson, who left the SRU to take on a similar role with Rugby Australia, in April this year.

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“This is an exciting role and one that gives me the chance to work with players at different stages of their development, all with the clear objective to make Scotland’s representative teams more successful and deliver a clear pathway for players to progress through,” said Mallinder.

“I am really impressed with the set-up in Scotland already and having spoken at length with Mark Dodson it was clear that this was an outstanding opportunity to really set the direction of travel for Scotland’s high-performance ambitions.

“It’s a chance to lead a long-term programme, work with talented people, and I’m looking forward to moving up to Scotland and getting started.”

Mallinder is a former Sale Sharks and Northampton Saints coach/director of rugby, and most recently worked as the performance pathway coach with the RFU and had been touted as a potential successor to Eddie Jones in the Twickenham hot-seat. His son, Harry, plays for Northampton Saints and toured Argentina with England in 2017.

“I am delighted to have secured Jim in what is a pivotal and vital role within our high-performance structure,” said Scottish Rugby Chief Executive Mark Dodson.

“He has a proven track record of developing players across a range of different career stages and I want him to strengthen and deepen the pathway our players will take into the professional game and develop the skills and behaviours they will need to succeed at their respective highest levels.

“He brings a wealth of rugby knowledge and experience as a Premiership winning coach and Heineken Cup finalist which I believe can enhance our current set-up and enable us to keep making the ambitious strides we want to take in the coming years.”

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David Barnes
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  1. Fascinating. Super 6 funding is still part of the club pot is it not? And I saw a piece from the SRU the other day of S6 being the pinnacle of the club game.

    Need to work on messaging there SRU

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