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Ex-All Blacks assistant lands new coaching role for Six Nations

By Kim Ekin
(Photo by Joe Allison/Getty Images)

Ex-All Blacks assistant Brad Mooar has found a new international team, landing a new coaching role on the eve of the Six Nations.


The 48-year-old will join Scotland as an attack coach on a consultancy basis along with Glasgow Warriors skills coach and former Scottish international Peter Horne under head coach Gregor Townsend.

Mooar brings experience from his time with the All Blacks from 2020-22, a stint in charge of Scarlets in 2019-20 and from the Crusaders set-up where he was backs coach under Scott Robertson.

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Scotland’s previous attack coach AB Zondagh has left the set up paving the way for Mooar to land the role on a short-term basis, who Townsend said he “connected with” during his time as head coach of Scarlets.

“There are going to be two people supporting me,” explained Townsend.

“I will still be coaching more of the attack. Pete Horne is going to come in. He has a couple of areas he is going to work with. He has done really well with Glasgow and he is still with Glasgow but they don’t play for the first two rounds.

“Brad Mooar is coming in for the whole championship. Brad was the Scarlets head coach and was with the All Blacks until August. He will come in on a consultancy role and we will see what that looks like.


Townsend sees his role as more than just offering rugby strategy with an emphasis on problem-solving and connecting with his experience from the All Blacks being a valuable input.


“There are rugby specifics as well,” he said.

“He was involved in the three-Test series against Ireland. In the first Test a couple of coaches got Covid so I think he maybe led the programme that day. He is someone who has had a lot of experience at both club and Test level.”


Scotland face a trip to Twickenham to face England first up to defend their hold over the Calcutta Cup which they have had for the last two years.

With new head coach Steve Borthwick taking over the home side will be looking to lay a marker down after a disappointing 2022 season with just five wins from 12 Tests.


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