Mallinder named Scotland performance director

England have lost another top coach to a rival nations after former performance pathway coach joined the Scottish national team as their performance director.

The highly respected coach has worked throughout the English club game at the highest level and led teams at senior age-grade and England Saxons, alongside roles in the English National Academy.

Mallinder joins Scottish Rugby following Scott Johnson’s departure in April this year.

The former Northampton and Sale Sharks head coach will lead the performance department from the newly-created Super6 competition for part-time professional club teams through to the Scotland men’s national team.

His remit will include developing the player pathway through the age-grade and Fosroc Academy structure to feed into Scotland’s two professional teams, Edinburgh and Glasgow Warriors, Scotland 7s, Scotland Women and ultimately the Scotland men’s national team.

There will also be oversight on the medical, physio, strength & conditioning, analysis, nutrition and competition preparation provision at the elite end of the Scottish game.

Scottish Rugby chief executive Mark Dodson said: “I am delighted to have secured Jim in what is a pivotal and vital role within our high-performance structure.

“He has a proven track record of developing players across a range of different career stages and I want him to strengthen and deepen the pathway our players will take into the professional game and develop the skills and behaviours they will need to succeed at their respective highest levels.

“He brings a wealth of rugby knowledge and experience as a Premiership winning coach and Heineken Cup finalist which I believe can enhance our current set-up and enable us to keep making the ambitious strides we want to take in the coming years.”

Mallinder added: “This is an exciting role and one that gives me the chance to work with players at different stages of their development, all with the clear objective to make Scotland’s representative teams more successful and deliver a clear pathway for players to progress through.

“I am really impressed with the set-up in Scotland already and having spoken at length with Mark Dodson it was clear that this was an outstanding opportunity to really set the direction of travel for Scotland’s high-performance ambitions.

“It’s a chance to lead a long-term programme, work with talented people, and I’m looking forward to moving up to Scotland and getting started.”