Shaun Wane joins Scottish Rugby from Wigan Warriors

Departing Wigan Warriors head coach Shaun Wane is to join Scottish Rugby as a high performance coach.

Wane, who last month announced he would leave Wigan at the end of the season, will begin his new role when his commitments at the club have ended.

The 53-year-old played more than 100 times for Wigan before leading them to three Super League Grand Finals in a tenure that saw him become the club’s longest-serving coach in the Super League era.

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.”

The former prop’s duties will include prioritising defensive technique and understanding, handling and agility skills, and mindset.

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.”