John Dalziel succeeded Calum McRae as Head Coach of Scotland 7s in the summer of 2017.

Dalziel’s short professional playing career started in the late 1990s with London Scottish where he played as a flanker.

In the early 2000s, he returned home to the Borders where he played for Gala until he was called up in 2005 to play for the Border Reivers. Dalziel captained the squad and played for the Netherdale side until they were disbanded in 2007.

Staying in the Borders, he moved to play for Melrose and it was at the Greenyards where his coaching career began, becoming their forwards coach.

In September 2012 he was appointed Assistant Coach of Scotland’s under 20, a job that he undertook simultaneously alongside his Melrose commitments.

Within two years Dalziel was named Head Coach at Melrose. His side won the Scottish Premiership in dramatic fashion during his debut season. He would go on to win two further league titles and a Cup while at the Greenyards.

Having spent three years as Assistant Coach for the U20s, Dalziel was promoted to Head Coach ahead of the 2016 Six Nations and oversaw an eight-placed finish at the 2016 World Championships and a best ever showing of fifth in the same tournament a year later.

During his tenure as U20s Head Coach he also spent a season as London Scottish Forwards Coach in the English Championship.

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