Former Edinburgh Trio Get Scotland Call

Scott, Hodge and MurrayA trio of former Edinburgh Rugby players have been brought in to complete the Scotland and Scotland A management teams by interim head coach Scott Johnson.

Former international hooker Stevie Scott [left] will join Johnson's team for this year's RBS 6 Nations Championship, while former captain Duncan Hodge [centre] and lock Scott Murray [right] will team up as the assistants to newly appointed Scotland A head coach, Shade Munro.

Erstwhile England No 8 Dean Ryan will take on the role of interim Scotland forwards coach alongside Scott Johnson, Stevie Scott (skills coach), defence coach Matt Taylor and specialist coaches Duncan Hodge and Massimo Cuttitta with the national team.

Scotland A will be led by head coach Shade Munro, forwards supremo at Glasgow Warriors and a previous forwards coach when the A team reached the final of the Churchill Cup in North America in 2006 and again in 2008.

Shade is joined by Scotland's most-capped forward, fellow internationalist and lineout exponent Scott Murray, who has been coaching the pack as well as playing for Mont de Marsan in France's Top 14.

Duncan Hodge will also take charge of the backs for the A team's sole match of the Six Nations window " against England Saxons at Kingston Park, Newcastle on Friday 1 February.

Scott Johnson told www.scottishrugby.org: "I"m delighted we have secured the services of Dean and Stevie for this year's Championship.

'to get people of their calibre mid-season is a real coup. Dean is a sound, knowledgeable, mature rugby man and Stevie, with his background of having played 11 times for Scotland, knows what it means to wear the jersey.

"With Matt, Hodgey and Massimo already fully engaged in Six Nations planning, we"ve now a management team in place for the start of the Championship next month."

Stevie Scott said: "It's great to be back coaching and to continue my association with Scottish Rugby, which has meant a huge amount to me throughout my life."

With the A team, Shade Munro will be joined by Scott Murray, Scotland's most-capped forward, who won 87 caps between 1997 and 2007.

Murray, 37 later this month, has been coaching the forwards at Mont de Marsan in the French top 14 for the last month and was targeted as a coach at his previous French club, Castres.

"I see this as a golden opportunity and anything I can give back to Scottish rugby, I"ll be honoured to do so," he said.