Wane to switch codes

Shaun Wane
Shaun Wane

Shaun Wane will move to a role with Scotland rugby union when he leaves Wigan.

The SRU confirmed he will become its new high performance coach.

His appointment will not come as a suprise to many – he had been linked with a role north of the border since annoucing he would be stepping down as Warriors coach at the end of this season.

Wane said: “I see this as a fantastic opportunity to not only impart what I have learnt over my career in rugby league as a player and coach, but also to learn myself from union and look to support the excellent work already being done in Scotland.

“The Scottish way of playing the game is fast, highly skilled and positive and that is something I want to contribute to, and help develop further.

“It is a fresh challenge for me, but the chance to work across all the teams and age-grades, with the BT Sport Academy players, both male and female, was an opportunity I am excited to take.”

Wane will work closely with current Scottish elite coaches, at all levels of the game, on a consultancy basis.

His areas of focus will prioritise defensive technique and understanding, handling and agility skills for front five forwards, and mentoring support for existing national and age-grade coaches across all Scottish Rugby programmes.

Scotland head coach, Gregor Townsend said: “There is a lot we can learn from Shaun in both the technical side of the game as well as wider aspects of coaching.

“The range of skills now needed across the pitch in rugby union, aligned with the style of play we are developing means that all our players have to be able to pass accurately and deploy effective lines of running that will either hold defenders or find space. What Shaun brings from rugby league is immediately transferrable and will add real value.”