Nathan Hines

Former Scotland and British & Irish Lions lock Nathan Hines was recruited to the national coaching team on a two-year contract in 2015, following his decision to retire from playing the game.

The 77-times capped 38-year-old will join Head Coach Vern Cotter's team next month as a Resource Coach, to utilise his 11 years of international experience, leadership, technical and tactical skills across the squad.

The appointment will see Cotter and Hines link up for the second time in their careers, after the Kiwi signed the second-row from then Heineken Cup champions Leinster to his Clermont Auvergne team in 2011, after impressing as an opposition player during his time at Perpignan and in Ireland.

On a technical level Hines' expertise in lineout play will be called upon, while supporting the development of the younger international forwards, alongside assistant coach Jonathan Humphreys.

After the Rugby World Cup 2015 Hines' role will broaden to include work with the country's two pro-teams – Edinburgh Rugby and Glasgow Warriors – the new BT Sport Academies, and Scotland age-grade teams, to help nurture young international players and those coming through the performance system.

Resource coach