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Hadden concern over Scottish game

Former Scotland head coach Frank Hadden has claimed there are too many foreigners in influential posts in the Scottish game.

Hadden, who led Scotland between 2005 and 2009, argued that those in high positions did not appreciate the traditions of the Scottish game.

And he feels Scottish Rugby Union policies are hampering the development of homegrown players.

Australian Scott Johnson is currently in Hadden's former role and will concentrate on his job as director of rugby when New Zealander Vern Cotter takes over in the summer.

Hadden, who succeeded another New Zealander, Matt Williams as Scotland boss, before being replaced by Englishman Andy Robinson, told BBC Radio Scotland: "In my opinion there are far too many foreign people involved at the top end of the game in our country.

"There is nothing wrong, individually, with a lot of the people there.

"We have some very fine people involved at the upper end but perhaps not enough who fully appreciate the history and tradition of the game."

Most of Johnson's backroom staff are non-Scots while Edinburgh's South African head coach, Alan Solomons, has recruited several players from his homeland in recent weeks.

Hadden said: "I don't blame Alan Solomons for going back to what he knows to try and make progress with an Edinburgh side that was really struggling.

"And he has quite clearly made a difference. They have a wee bit of momentum going now.

"But in terms of developing international players, it's not ideal, that's for sure.

"It all stems from a lack of clarity and a strategic plan for our professional teams.

"Even when I was coaching at Edinburgh and Scotland I was never really all that sure what the aims were.

"On one hand you get told that you want to produce players to play international rugby for Scotland and then the coaches are given targets that they must achieve by the end of the season otherwise they get sacked.

"That can be a bit counterproductive and I'd like to see some real clarity on the purpose of the pro-teams."

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