Former Edinburgh and Scotland stand-off Duncan Hodge is set to be confirmed as national attack coach in filling a role occupied by Scott Johnson before his elevation to director of rugby at BT Murrayfield.
Ahead of Saturday’s opening viagogo Autumn Test against Argentina in the Capital, it is becoming apparent that the responsibilities given to the 26 times capped Hodge, 40, are increasing.
Defensive guru Matt Taylor has certainly been impressed, remarking: “(At) our attack presentation Duncan had some really good views on where we could attack them (Argentina).
“Statistically there’s certain areas they are weaker than others and we’ll go hard at them in those areas. We feel we’ve got a pretty good plan. They’ll be stronger as a group than when we played them last time but so will we.”
Hodge’s star has been on the rise for a while so far as coaching is concerned. Initially brought on board as a goal-kicking mentor, the one-time Watsonian amateur player attended the 2011 World Cup in that capacity.
Latterly he has been used as a specialist skills coach and in 2012, when Edinburgh parted company with Michael Bradley, Billy McGinty and Neil Back it was to Hodge and Steve Scott that the SRU owners initially turned to do a holding job.
Both have subsequently progressed although there will always be those who point to the fact that Hodge has never had any hands-on experience at club level over an extended period although a similar background appears to have done Glasgow’s Gregor Townsend no harm. Certainly, Hodge faces the biggest test yet under head coach Vern Cotter who, according to Taylor, is “in the mould of Jim Telfer”.
• Argentina look to have suffered a notable injury blow ahead of Saturday’s Test with 21 times capped flanker Benjamin Macome poised to be ruled out.