​Skills Coach Mike Blair – the country’s most-capped scrum-half and former captain – joined the national team coaching set-up ahead of the 2017 summer tour.

Blair, who earned 85 caps for his country and toured with the British and Irish Lions in 2009, arrived with Head Coach Gregor Townsend and Assistant coaches Matt Taylor and Dan McFarland from Glasgow Warriors and took up a new role as Skills Coach to the national team, while retaining his duties and responsibilities to the club outwith the test-match windows.

Blair enjoyed ten years with Edinburgh Rugby, playing his first professional game in 2001. Highlights included being runners up in the Magners League in 2009 and reaching the semi-finals of the European Cup in 2012.

Scotland's most capped scrum-half captained his country on 14 occasions before retiring from international rugby at the start of 2013, aged 31.

He was named Scotland's Player of the Year in 2008 and was nominated for the IRB World Player of the Year that same season. He toured South Africa with the British and Irish Lions in 2009.

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