Former Scotland fly-half and centre Pete Horne will look after the team’s attack and contact area after being named Scotland assistant coach ahead of the 2024 Guinness Six Nations.
Horne joins the side after a spell with Glasgow Warriors having already worked with the side during the 2023 Championship and the Rugby World Cup.
Having had an opportunity to work with the side on a part-time basis, Horne is thrilled at the chance to do so full-time under Gregor Townsend.
He will work alongside fellow assistant coaches Steve Tandy, John Dalziel and Pieter de Villiers, with Scotland set to kick off their Guinness Six Nations campaign away to Wales in Cardiff.
Horne, who won 45 caps for his country before retiring in 2021, said: “Coaching the Scotland team in the last year has been a privilege and a massive opportunity for me to work on the biggest stage. To have the chance to continue that in a full-time capacity is something I’m relishing.
“My time coaching with Ayrshire Bulls and Glasgow Warriors has helped me prepare for my experiences with the national team and I have taken a lot of learnings from the past year. Working with this talented group of players greatly motivates me as a coach, as does the potential of this squad.
“I can’t wait to meet up with the players and management in 2024 and make further progress.”
Scotland finished third in the 2023 Guinness Six Nations, with wins over England, Wales and Italy, and will now look to build on that in next year’s campaign.
And Townsend is excited by what Horne can offer the team on a full-time basis as he takes over from Brad Mooar.
He said: “Pete is a very talented coach and has a great relationship with the players. He has also complemented the dynamic within the coaching group since joining us at the start of the year and brings valuable insight.
“I have been very impressed with his coaching style and the ideas he brings to the table. He has brought a lot of value this year working with us and for him to take on the role full-time will be of great benefit to the players. I look forward to working with him on the attack side of our game.
“I’d like to thank Brad for his help in the last year and we wish him well for the future.”