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Dave Rennie feeling 'rapt' as Glasgow bag their new forwards coach

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John Dalziel has joined Glasgow Warriors as forwards coach with immediate effect. The former Border Reivers captain has left his role as Scotland Sevens head coach to replace Jonathan Humphreys, who will leave to join the Wales coaching team at the end of the season.


Dalziel began his coaching career at the Greenyards, taking charge of Melrose’s forwards before leading the club to three league titles and a Scottish Cup during his time as boss.

His success in the Borders and time as assistant coach of the Scotland under-20 side saw Dalziel promoted to Scotland under-20 head coach in 2016, leading the team to a best-ever fifth-place finish at the 2017 World Rugby Championship in Georgia.

Dalziel joins on a two-year contract from Scotland Sevens, where he recently led the team to the Challenge Trophy in Hong Kong. Glasgow’s announcement means the coaching team for next season has almost been finalised and a further update will be made over the next few weeks.

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.

“The hard work starts now, but I am impressed with the set-up Dave Rennie has in place. There is a team approach among the 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.”


Glasgow boss Rennie, said: “John has earned his stripes. He’s coached at club level, in the Championship, at international Age Grade and on the sevens circuit and has been successful in every role he’s been in.
“He’s a good man and an excellent young coach, innovative and driven and is highly respected by everyone at the club. John has a very bright future ahead of him and we’re rapt that he sees it at Glasgow Warriors.”

Glasgow MD Nathan Bombrys added: “John is an impressive man and we know him well having worked with him when he was with Scotland U20 and Scotland Sevens.
“He has excellent knowledge of the game in Scotland and young Scottish players from his time with Scotland under-20 and he will be an excellent addition to our coaching team.”

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