SCOTLAND assistant coaches Steve Tandy, John Dalziel and Pieter de Villiers have agreed contract extensions which will run until at least April 2026. This follows news earlier this month that national team head coach Gregor Townsend has signed a deal which for the same period of time.
Tandy was appointed Scotland’s defence coach in 2020 and was part of the British and Irish Lions coaching team in 2021, de Villiers was put in charge of the scrum (initially win a short-term contract) at the same time, while former Glasgow Warriors assistant coach and Scotland Under-20s head coach Dalziel has overseen the senior team’s forwards for the last three years, and .
Meanwhile, former All Black assistant coach and Scarlets head coach Brad Mooar and Glasgow Warriors assistant coach Pete Horne will continue assisting Townsend with the team’s attack during the build-up to this Autumn’s Rugby World Cup and into the tournament itself, having initially been brought in for the 2023 Six Nations. Mental skills coach Aaron Walsh will also continue working with the team during the Rugby World Cup period.
“The news that Steve, John and Pieter have extended their contracts is a real boost,” said Townsend. “They are all key members of the coaching group and provide invaluable support to our players and myself.
“Since coming on board all three have made a hugely positive impact to not only their individual areas but also to our all-round game and the environment. I’d like to thank Scottish Rugby for their support in keeping this coaching group together for the next few years.
“We enjoy working with each other and are determined to do all we can to bring out the best in this special squad of players.
“It’s great news that we’ve been able to secure the services of Pete and Brad for the Rugby World Cup too. They both contributed to our group hugely during the Guinness Six Nations period. I’m looking forward to working with them again on the attack side of our game and helping improve the skills and decision making of our players.”