Sean Lineen departs Scotland Rugby

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    New Zealand-Scottish rugby union footballer and coach

Sean Lineen, a key player for Scotland back during their 1990 Grand Slam and a long-term member of Scotland’s national set-up as both coach and administrator, has decided to leave Scottish rugby.

He was not only a player, he was also a part of Frank Hadden’s management team in 2005 and has been manager of the U20 team for the past eight years.

At the conclusion of a strategic review in Scotland’s High Performance structures, Lineen, who will turn 60 over Christmas decided that it was an appropriate moment to take his leave. He leaves an indelible record: 17 of the 23 players selected to face Tonga in November graduated through his U20 set-up.

Perfect timing

“For me this has been a really hard decision. But it is the right time to leave,” he said.

“I’ve been involved in Scottish Rugby for a lifetime, and I feel lucky and very privileged to have been involved in the game here, firstly as a player and coach with Boroughmuir, then with the national team in both roles and to have played for Edinburgh and coached Glasgow Warriors.

“I will always be hugely enthusiastic and passionate about Scottish Rugby – everyone knows that.

“There are so many good things going on just now: uppermost amongst them, the turbo-charging of investment into the pro-teams; and the improved links between our best young players, training and playing, with the pro-teams. And it’s all about creating and developing competitive environments.

“Over the last nine years, the work we’ve done to develop our young talent and the national age-grade programmes – not just with the under-20s but getting competitive programmes in place at under-16, under-17, and under-19 – has been the right way to go, for coaches as well as players.

“Since 2013 I’ve worked in my roles as Head of International Age-Grade and then Head of Academies to bring the youngsters through a visible pathway and it’s also been gratifying to see coaches like John Dalziel, Steve Lawrie, and Peter Murchie graduate from their experience with the under-20s to posts with the national and pro-teams.“

Scottish Rugby’s chief executive Mark Dodson said: “We sincerely thank Sean for the dedication and commitment he has shown Scottish Rugby over the decades and look forward to seeing him at BT Murrayfield matches in the future.”

Director of Performance Rugby Jim Mallinder added: “Sean has contributed a huge amount to Scottish Rugby over the last 30 plus years, first as a player, then as a coach.

“Over the last nine years, combining roles of coach and administrator, he has put his stamp on the development of our young talent and the national age-grade programmes – not just with the under-20s but developing programmes at under-16, under-17, and under-19 levels.

“I know it’s been a hard decision for him to make and he leaves with sincere thanks and affection from all corners of the game.”

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