Scotland bring in 'contact specialist' Richie Gray

12:52 PM GMT

Scotland have brought in defence expert Richie Gray on a consultancy basis ahead of the Six Nations.

Gray, who played age-grade rugby for Scotland, has worked with the Springboks for the past three years as their breakdown coach and also spent time with the South Africa Sevens side. But he will now link up with Vern Cotter’s Scotland in a move that sees him return to Scottish Rugby whom he worked for from 1994 to 2006.

“It’s a great honour to coach any country but to be offered the opportunity to coach your own is something special indeed,” Gray said. “The defensive breakdown is an area highlighted by the coaches as an area for improvement, for which I’ve been given a very specific brief to work alongside defence coach Matt Taylor for the seven-week period of the RBS 6 Nations.

“It’s a great honour and I’m looking forward to joining up with the squad in camp in St Andrews this Sunday.”

Cotter added: “On behalf of the national team I’d like to welcome Richie [Gray] to our coaching set-up for the 2016 RBS 6 Nations. We’re looking forward to adding his experience and passion to the group.”

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