Scottish Rugby have appointed highly experienced international Sevens specialist Phil Greening as the new head coach and programme manager for Scotland Sevens.
Greening, a former England Sevens assistant coach and England and British and Irish Lions hooker, takes up the role with immediate effect following a worldwide recruitment process.
He joins on a three year contract, which takes him up to and beyond the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
“This is a really exciting time to be joining Scottish Rugby and their developments in Sevens rugby. I can’t wait to get started and back onto the circuit,” said Greening.
“I want to cement the Scotland Sevens team as one of the core competitors in the abbreviated game and help produce some exciting new Scottish rugby talents ahead of the 2014 Commonwealth Games and 2016 Olympics.”
Between 2005 and 2007 Greening operated for England as assistant to Mike Friday, who was himself recently appointed as Kenya’s new national Sevens head coach.
Having also captained England Sevens, Greening enjoyed coaching success during that two-year stint, helping them to their highest ever second-place finish in the World Series and a silver medal at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games in 2006.
He was then assistant and subsequently head coach at London Welsh between 2008 and 2011 and maintained his links with Sevens by coaching the Samurai International side to victory in the Middlesex International 7s in 2010 and 2011.
Scottish Rugby’s director of performance rugby, Graham Lowe, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Phil into this new role. He brings with him a wealth of international coaching and playing experience. His passion and understanding of sevens is clear and he has taken every opportunity to remain at the forefront of developments in the game after his time with England Sevens.
“He will be a key part of helping us reach our goals at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, and before that at next year’s Rugby World Cup in Moscow. He will also drive our players to stake a claim for inclusion in the Great Britain Sevens team in the 2016 Rio De Janeiro Olympics”.
As well as his duties as head coach, Greening will be responsible for directing, planning and developing Scotland’s overall Sevens programme. His first competitive outing with the national team will be the opening round of the 2012/13 HSBC Sevens World Series on the Gold Coast, Australia on 13-14 October 2012.