Former Scotland and British & Irish Lions lock Nathan Hines has been appointed as a coach to the national team.
The 77-times capped 38-year-old will join head coach Vern Cotter’s set-up next month on a two-year contract as ‘resource coach’. Hines has been recruited partly for his expertise in lineout play while he’ll also look to develop the forwards alongside assistant coach Jonathan Humphreys.
The appointment will see Cotter and Hines link up for the second time in their careers after the Kiwi signed the second row for his Clermont Auvergne team in 2011. After this autumn’s Rugby World Cup, Hines’ role will include work with Edinburgh Rugby and Glasgow Warriors, the new BT Sport Academies and Scotland age-grade teams. Hines, who has ended his playing career with Sale, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to help a team I played with for 11 years. Scotland have got some exceptional young players and I’m relishing the opportunity to help make them better than they already are.”
Meanwhile, scrum coach Massimo Cuttitta has left for personal reasons after almost six years as a set-piece specialist.