Former South African coach Pieter de Villiers has joined Scotland as a scrum coach on a short term capacity.
He will join Scotland coaching staff together with Steve Tandy who role will be the defence. Villiers was initially appointed Bok assistant coach under Rassie Erasmus, but requested a release from this position, and subsequently from his SA Rugby contract, due to family commitments.
Commenting on his appointment he said:
“I’m very excited to join Gregor Townsend and his management team for the 2020 Six Nations tournament as a scrum consultant. It is an honour and a privilege to be coaching at international level again having relocated the family back to Europe over the past year. I have fond memories of the passion and competitiveness of the Six Nations matches I experienced in my playing years and the thought of being back in the midst of it all is highly motivating,”
“I am looking forward to being involved with the Scotland player group and the goal would be to build strong personal relationships to enable the collective construction of our scrummaging principles and our scrummaging system.”
De Villiers played in two World Cups for France (1999 and 2007), earning 69 caps in an eight-year Test career, which also brought four Six Nations titles.
He moved into coaching after his retirement through injury in 2008 and joined South Africa as scrum coach in 2012, before switching to Stade Francais in 2018.
De Villiers played for the Top 14 side 150 times in a 14-year spell and won the French title on five occasions with the club between 1998 and 200