Scotland add Alan-Basson Zondagh to coaching panel

Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend
Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend

Scotland have added South African Alan-Basson Zondagh to their coaching panel ahead of the autumn internationals.

The decision follows after assistant coach Mike Blair will depart to take the head coach role with Edinburgh with the 35-year-old now focussing on on attack.

Having started his coaching career with Natal Sharks between 2007 and 2019, Zondagh was recently part of French club Toulouse as they went on to win the Top 14 and European Champions Cup titles last season.

Scotland head coach Richard Cockerill is delighted with the addition of Zondagh to the backroom staff.

“We are delighted to secure such a high-quality replacement for Mike and to bring AB into the Scotland coaching set-up," said Townsend.

“The autumn Test Series is just around the corner and will give our players and management team an opportunity to work with, and learn from, a new coach that has just worked at the highest level of European club rugby.

“AB will also be available as a skills resource coach for Edinburgh and Glasgow, as well as with players at academy level.”

Meanwhile, Zondagh is looking forward to gain experience of working with an international side after a successful stint with Toulouse.

“I see this as a massive opportunity to work in international rugby with Gregor and the other Scotland coaches, and one that I am very excited to take.

“I know rugby at that level comes with high pressure, but that is why we coach, because we enjoy the pressure and enjoy winning.”

Scotland's Autumn Series Fixtures:

30th October - Scotland v Tonga
6th November - Scotland v Australia
13th November - Scotland v South Africa
20th November - Scotland v Japan