Sean Lineen has left his position as head coach of Glasgow Warriors to assume a scouting position at the SRU and is being replaced by current Scotland backs coach Gregor Townsend.
The 29-capped former Scotland international, who had huge success at the Warriors, is to assist in scouting Scottish talent across the globe and help to reshape the development of young players.
Townsend moves to Glasgow on the back of another unsuccessful Scottish Six Nations campaign, with speculation having been rife he was to be axed. However he has received full backing from the SRU’s Director of Performance Graham Lowe and Andy Robinson.
Lineen will be missed be Glasgow fans, having guided them from perennial league strugglers to a third place finish in his fifth season. The coach is also saddened to be leaving the club, “I had an opportunity nine years ago to move from club rugby to the professional game and I have loved every minute of it.
“Seven years as head coach is more than some people get and I will support Gregor and help make it as smooth a transition as possible for him and the squad and staff we have here.”
However Townsend’s appointment will anger many club-level coaches who believe they have been overlooked once again by the SRU in favour of former professionals.
The Warriors currently sit in fourth position in the RaboDirect PRO12 with five games to go, with Lineen remaining in charge for the club’s forthcoming fixtures.