Scottish Rugby signs Shaun Wane from Wigan Warriors

Scottish Rugby has signed Wigan Warriors head coach Shaun Wane as a new High Performance Coach.

Wane, who won three Super League Grand Finals with Wigan Warriors, two as Head Coach, also played over 140 times with the Super League side, winning numerous league titles and silverware over his career.

He brings an unrivalled wealth of rugby league expertise to Scottish Rugby’s high performance programmes and the former Great Britain international will work closely with current Scottish elite coaches, at all levels of the game, on a consultancy basis.

His areas of focus will prioritise defensive technique and understanding, handling and agility skills for front five forwards and mindset, especially for players in the BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy.

There will also be mentoring support for existing National and Age-Grade coaches across all Scottish Rugby programmes as well as practical skills and analysis feedback both in, and out, of team camps.

Shaun Wane said: “I see this as a fantastic opportunity to not only impart what I have learnt over my career in rugby league as a player and coach, but also to learn myself from Union and look to support the excellent work already being done in Scotland.

“The Scottish way of playing the game is fast, highly skilled and positive and that is something I want to contribute to, and help develop further.

“It is a fresh challenge for me, but the chance to work across all the teams and age-grades, with the BT Sport Academy players, both male and female, was an opportunity I am excited to take.”

Director of Rugby, Scott Johnson said: “There is now a well-established practice of sharing information and expertise between league and union and we wanted to add a new dimension to our coaching set-up.

“Having someone of Shaun’s experience spend time with our players and coaches can only benefit Scottish rugby and help us to identify and develop skill sets we will need to keep our teams progressing forward and competing at the highest levels.”

Scotland Head Coach, Gregor Townsend said: “There is a lot we can learn from Shaun in both the technical side of the game as well as wider aspects of coaching. The range of skills now needed across the pitch in rugby union, aligned with the style of play we are developing means that all our players have to be able to pass accurately and deploy effective lines of running that will either hold defenders or find space. What Shaun brings from rugby league is immediately transferrable and will add real value.”

Wane will begin working with Scottish Rugby when his commitments at Wigan are concluded.