Shade On A Mission With A Team

Glasgow Warriors forwards coach Shade Munro is to take the reins of Scotland A for their one of clash with England Saxons next month.

Shade was the forwards coach when the A set-up reached the final of the Churchill Cup in North America in 2006 and again in 2008.

He 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 takes charge of the backs for the team's sole match of the Six Nations window - against England Saxons at Kingston Park, Newcastle on Friday 1 February.

Munro said: "It's a great honour to be asked to lead the Scotland A team and it will be great to work with Duncan and Scott._ There is a lot of talent to choose from and it will be up to the three of us to put together the strongest side we can.

"We turned the Saxons over 35-0 last year at Netherdale so no doubt they'll be looking for a bit of revenge in Newcastle."

Meanwhile, two former international forwards will join interim head coach Scott Johnson's Scotland management team for this year's RBS 6 Nations Championship. Meanwhile, two ex-Scotland locks will join forces with a former Scotland stand-off to coach the Scotland A team.

Erstwhile England No 8 Dean Ryan and Scotland hooker Stevie Scott will work alongside Johnson, defence coach Matt Taylor and specialist coaches Duncan Hodge and Massimo Cuttitta with the national team.

Ryan, 46, the former head coach at Bristol Rugby and Gloucester Rugby, will take on the role of interim Scotland forwards coach.

Scottish Rugby's CEO Mark Dodson said: 'dean will be with us for 12 weeks and will bring all his top-flight coaching savvy and experience to bear on our forward pack."

Ryan, who won four caps for England during a playing career which saw him represent Saracens, Wasps, Newcastle and Bristol, said: "I"ve responded to an invitation from Scott to assist the Scotland management team over the next 12 weeks and will look to bring my experience to bear to give Scotland players the best opportunity to represent their country in the best way."

Galashiels-born Scott, 39, who was a member of the management team that led Scotland A to a 35-0 victory over England Saxons last year and who was a coach at Sale Sharks, will be an interim skills coach.

Dodson added: 'dean and Stevie will start work on Monday. I believe in Dean and Stevie that we have a combination here of hard-nosed experience and deep-rooted understanding of Scottish rugby and its players, which Scott Johnson and his management team will be able to call upon."

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.