John Dalziel quits as Scotland Sevens coach to join Glasgow Warriors

By Machuki Sundaa

John Dalziel has ended his tenure as head coach of Scotland Sevens and is joining Glasgow Warriors as an assistant coach, said Scotland Rugby.

Dalziel served the men’s sevens for close to two years since he came on board in the summer of 2017. He was previously U20s head coach and assistant coach with London Scottish. He also enjoyed success with Premiership side Melrose, winning three league titles and a Scottish Cup.

“I have really enjoyed my two years working with the sevens team and competing on what is a very competitive circuit. It has greatly helped my personal and professional development and I feel it was successful in developing younger players and fulfilling the remit of enabling them to perform well in sevens and be integrated back into 15s,” said Dalziel to Scotland Rugby.

On his ambitions to develop his career and move to Glasgow, Dalziel said: “I have always been clear in my ambition to coach at a professional level and my experiences so far at Melrose, London Scottish, age-grades and sevens have all led to that goal.

“I think the hard work starts now, but I am impressed with the set-up Dave Rennie has in place, there is a team approach among coaches and I’ve worked with many of the Glasgow players through the age-grade system or sevens so I’m very much looking forward to this new stage of my career.”

Scottish Rugby technical director Stephen Gemmell praised and thanked him for the role he had played.

“I’d like to thank John for his excellent leadership of the Scotland’s sevens team over the past two seasons and wish him all the best in his new role.

“His coaching progression through our club game, his time at London Scottish, age-grade and sevens teams has rightly been rewarded with a role in professional rugby at Glasgow Warriors and follows the footsteps of previous Scotland sevens coach Calum MacRae into Edinburgh Rugby. This clearly demonstrates the coaching pathway to professional rugby that we have developed within Scotland,” said Gemmell.

Following Dalziel’s departure, Scotland Rugby has temporally appointed Scottish Rugby Women’s high-performance manager Scott Forrest as stand-in coach for the sevens team to lead them through the two remaining world series tournaments in London and Paris.

Said Gemmell: “Scott will have a great opportunity to further his own development through the final two rounds of the World Sevens series and we are now actively looking for an ambitious new Scotland sevens head coach, as part of our coaching pathway as we head into the Olympic sevens season.”

Accepting the role, former sevens captain Scott Forrest said he would not be pursuing the role beyond this season, preferring his current position.

“As a former player on the world series, this is an opportunity I didn’t want to turn down. I’m still developing as a coach and very much enjoying my current role working with Scotland women so it isn’t the right time for me to do this full time just now,” he said.

Scotland are 10th in the HSBC World Sevens Series standings with 62 points and are looking to improve their position in London on May 25 and 26 when they will tackle England, New Zealand and Ireland in Pool C.

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