Sale Sharks sign Scottish forwards coach

Sale Sharks boss Mike Brewer has secured a major coup by persuading renowned Scottish forwards guru Stevie Scott to move south of the border and join his Edgeley Park coaching team.

Scott, a former international hooker who won 11 caps with Scotland during a distinguished 18-year playing career, has spent the past two years working with the Scottish national team as a specialist line-out coach which is where he first registered on Brewer’s radar when the Kiwi was also part of the Murrayfield coaching set-up.

Suitably impressed with what he had seen, head coach Brewer had originally been planning to try and bring Scott on board next summer.

But after consultations with Sale owner Brian Kennedy, he approached Scott – part of the Scottish coaching set-up which engineered the shock downfall of World Champions South Africa last month – about the prospect of linking up sooner and was delighted when the 37-year-old agreed to join on a full-time basis.

“It’s really great news for the club that Stevie has agreed to come onboard. He will start working with us on January 1st and I know he will be a great addition to our coaching department” Brewer revealed.

“As a former hooker he’s got superb knowledge of working with the set-piece, especially the lineout, and he’ll bring a lot to our game in that regard.

“Having worked with Stevie I know he shares the same principles and the same ideology as I and he’s exactly what I was looking for in a forwards coach.

“We share the same work-ethic and I am really looking forward to working with him again.

“It’s particularly pleasing as he’ll also be linking up with our defensive coach Graham Steadman whom Stevie knows very well from working with Scotland and that continuity will only be a good thing for us all.

“I also see Stevie embarking on some elite coaching once he gets here and with the knowledge he will bring that will be of great benefit.”

The set-piece has been one of Sale’s Achilles heels so far this season and Scott’s arrival will ease some of the burden in that problematic department on Brewer who will already be working overtime come January/February on recruitment and retention issues as he looks to shape the Sharks squad going forward into next season.

For his part, Scott couldn’t disguise his delight and excitement at embarking on his new career challenge.

“I’m looking at it as a great opportunity. I’m really looking forward to getting down to the club and working with the players,” Scott revealed.

“Working with the national team as I have been its only a short space of time that you get to work with the players and it can be frustrating so to have this opportunity to work with the players on a day-to-day basis is really exciting.

“But what excites me most is that I know Mike well and I really enjoyed working with him when we were together with Scotland and I was delighted when he made the call asking me to come and work with him at Sale.

“It will be great to resume the excellent working partnership we had up at Scotland and working together I’m sure we will be able to get the best out of the boys at Sale.”

Meanwhile, Brewer has added exciting young prop Henry Thomas to his Amlin Cup squad and the 18-year-old will travel with the rest of the Sharks squad out to France tomorrow morning ahead of Saturday’s clash with Brive.

Given Sale’s current injury problems, the club were given dispensation to make one addition to their 38 man party announced back in September and Brewer had to choose between Thomas, Iain Thornley and Asaeli Boko with the Jets captain getting the nod.

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