U20 | Former Scotland captain Redpath to lead U20 coaching team

Scottish Rugby has today announced its new Scotland U20 coaching team for next month’s World Rugby Under 20 Championship in France.

Former Scotland International scrum-half Bryan Redpath has been appointed as the age-grade side’s head coach, whilst Steve Lawrie and Nikki Walker – who was the attack coach during the recent U20 Six Nations campaign – have been named as forwards and backs coaches respectively.

On his appointment as head coach, Redpath said: “After 17 years of both playing and coaching in England, I’m delighted to be returning home to coach such a talented group of players.

I’m really looking forward to working alongside Steve and Nikki, both of whom are gifted coaches, and it’s going to be a great experience leading this squad into next month’s tournament.

"It’s a proud moment for me, and I will hopefully be able to create a platform which then acts as a springboard for some of these players to go onto bigger and better things.”

Capped 60 times for Scotland, 26 as captain, Redpath featured at three Rugby World Cups (1995, 1999, 2003) and was part of the squad who lifted the last-ever Five Nations Championship in 1999.

The former scrum-half, who began playing at Melrose before joining French side RC Narbonne, finished a successful club career at English Premiership outfit Sale Sharks. Redpath scored 35 points in 80 appearances at Heywood Road, before hanging up his boots in 2005.

Redpath was named as Gloucester’s backs coach in 2005 and under his guidance the Cherry and Whites finished at the top of the Premiership standings in consecutive seasons.

Redpath was named as the head coach at Kingshom Stadium in 2009 and enjoyed a three-year spell in the position; with a third-place finish and victory in the Anglo-Welsh Cup final in his first year in charge.

The former scrum-half re-joined his old playing side Sale Sharks as Head Coach in 2012, before taking a coaching position with RFU Championship side Leeds Carnegie, which he left at the end of last season.

Walker, a two time PRO12 Champion with the Ospreys, who earned 24 caps for Scotland, is retained as the age-grade side’s backs coach after overseeing the attack during the U20 Six Nations earlier this year.

Former Scotland and Edinburgh hooker Lawrie is named as the forwards coach and will take on his second World Rugby U20 Championship having been part of the coaching group during 2014's tournament held in New Zealand.

Lawrie made 46 appearances for Edinburgh between 2005 and 2014 and recently guided capital side Watsonians to a top-four finish in the BT Premiership.

On the coaching trio’s appointment, Head of National Age Grade Sean Lineen, said: “It’s with great pleasure that I’m able to announce the coaching team for next month’s U20 Championship.

Bryan Redpath has enjoyed a decorated career as both a coach and a player and he’ll bring a wealth of experience to the role.

“Nikki Walker impressed mightily during the U20 Six Nations, so he’ll also bring continuity with the group, whilst Steve Lawrie has showcased his coaching pedigree throughout his time at BT Premiership level.

“Under their guidance, we’ll look to push this year’s squad to another successful World Rugby U20 Championship campaign.”

Stevie Scott's tenure as Head Coach of the U20's ended after the recent Six Nations championship which saw improving performances throughout the tournament, highlighted by a victory over England at Myreside.

Lineen thanked former U20 head coach Scott, and said: "Stevie had a positive impact on this group through his experience and technical knowledge, highlighted by the great victory over England and we wish him all the best for the future."

Scotland U20 will open next month’s tournament against Italy in Béziers on Wednesday 30 May (kick-off 6.30pm local time), before facing Argentina in Perpignan on Sunday 3 June (kick-off 2pm local time). The age grade side then return to Béziers to take on England in their final group fixture on Thursday 7 June (kick-off 9pm local time).