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Scotland bring in contact specialist Richie Gray as consultant

Scotland coach Vern Cotter hopes to add some bite to the Dark Blues' RBS 6 Nations ambitions after luring Richie Gray back to his homeland from South Africa.

Gray, the inventor of the award-winning Collision King training kit, has been hired by Cotter on a consultancy basis to act as a "defensive contact specialist" during the Championships.

Former Gala flanker Gray - who has previously coached a number of Scotland youth sides - re-joins the Scottish Rugby set-up after a three-year stint as South Africa's specialist breakdown coach.

He was part of Heyneke Meyer's backroom staff when the Boks beat Cotter's team 34-16 at last year's World Cup before going on to claim a bronze medal after beating Argentina in the third-place play-off.

Gray said: "It's a great honour to coach any country but to be offered the opportunity to coach your own is something special indeed.

"The defensive breakdown is an area highlighted by the coaches as an area for improvement, for which I've been given a very specific brief to work alongside defence coach Matt Taylor for the seven-week period of the RBS 6 Nations.

"It's a great honour and I'm looking forward to joining up with the squad in camp in St Andrews this Sunday."

Cotter added: "On behalf of the national team I'd like to welcome Richie to our coaching set-up for the 2016 RBS 6 Nations. We're looking forward to adding his experience and passion to the group."


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