Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 17 September 2014

Ryan to quit Scotland role

Dean Ryan will quit Scotland after the RBS Six Nations

Scotland forwards coach Dean Ryan has confirmed he will walk away from his Murrayfield post after Saturday's closing RBS 6 Nations fixture with France.

The former England number eight has acted as caretaker coach Scott Johnson's right-hand man during the championships after joining up with the Australian in January but he has now confirmed he will return to his duties as a television pundit for Sky Sports following Scotland's Paris meeting with Les Bleus.

He said: "I've always been here only for the Six Nations. I'm contracted to Sky and I'll be working there next week. That has never changed and never was going to. But I have loved my time here. It's a great group. I'm humbled they have allowed me to come in and prepare them for Test matches. It's been fantastic. We have got some wins, which always makes life easier. It's been fun."

Whilst there is pride following the Scots' first back-to-back triumphs in 12 years, Ryan admits there is frustration that further gains have not been made with a side that finished last year's championships bottom of the table with five painful defeats.

England ran away with the opening fixture 38-18 as Scotland failed to deal with the Auld Enemy's physicality at Twickenham, while there was issues with scrummaging and indiscipline in last week's 28-18 defeat to Wales in Edinburgh.

"There have been times when we haven't had the opportunity to show our true self because of the way some games have gone," explained Ryan. "But some of our performance against Italy was a highlight. Subsequently, we haven't been able to find the right game to be able to repeat that.

"Off the field I am pretty pleased with the way the team are moving. It is a slightly different way of playing the game, which they have adapted to, but there is foundations there for them to get better in future."

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