Jason O'Halloran

Head Coach Vern Cotter continued to mould the shape of Scotland's backroom team with the recruitment of highly-rated New Zealander Jason O'Halloran to take the reins of the national team's backs after the Rugby World Cup 2015.

The appointment is the second to be announced by Cotter, having brought former Scotland and British & Irish Lions lock Nathan Hines back into the national set-up a fortnight ago.

O'Halloran, 42, will see out the remainder of his club contract as Head Coach of the Manawatu Turbos, and arrive in time for the 2016 RBS 6 Nations.

O'Halloran was a prolific and astute play-maker and captain, scoring 35 tries in 95 games for Wellington, and 17 in 54 for the Hurricanes at Super Rugby level.

In 2000 he represented New Zealand A against England, and then captained the side against Tonga and Samoa, before earning his first and only All Black cap against Italy in Genova later that year.

He finished his playing career with Japanese club Kubota Spears, where he began his coaching career in 2005.

He was then appointed High Performance Academy Manager of Manawatu in 2007, before being the first coach to lead the province to a title in 34 years.

It was there he oversaw the development of some the nation's top young exponents, including half-backs Aaron Cruden and Aaron Smith, before taking on the role of Head Coach of the Turbos, which he has occupied since 2011.

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Assistant coach