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Al Kellock in line for Scottish Rugby performance director job

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Scotland Rugby News: Jim Mallinder is leaving his role as performance director at Scottish RugbyJim Mallinder is leaving his role as performance director at Scottish Rugby (Image: SNS)

He came in for criticism for the lack of progress at age-grade level with the Scotland under-20 men’s team picking up the Wooden Spoon after being whitewashed in the age-grade Six Nations.

Kellock has an impressive CV and knows from first-hand experience the problems Scottish rugby face and would be a popular choice among the fans.

As a player, he spent four years at Edinburgh Rugby before moving along the M8 to join Glasgow Warriors. He made his name with the Scotstoun club that he captained to the 2015 Pro 12 title.

On his retirement Kellock, who played 56 times for Scotland and captained them in the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand, joined the commercial department of Scottish Rugby before becoming managing director of Glasgow Warriors.

Scotland Rugby News understands that Scottish Rugby chiefs have been greatly impressed by the work Kellock has done in helping the club move forward. 

With his positive attitude and standing as a major figure in Scottish rugby as both a player and administrator they have marked him down as a strong candidate for the prestigious post.

If Scottish Rugby feel the need for a fresh approach then Matson, who has also coached in New Zealand, Australia and Japan  will come under consideration. The New Zealander joined Harlequins as head coach of the men’s team in 2021 before being moved upstairs two years later to his current role of director of performance development.

Scotland Rugby News: Tabai Matson is leaving Harlequins at the end of the seasonTabai Matson is leaving Harlequins at the end of the season (Image: PA)

Harlequins Director of Rugby Billy Millard described Matson, who worked with both the men and women’s teams, as someone who “brought huge knowledge and passion’ to his time at Harlequins.

“He has infectious energy and positivity,’ said Millard.

Scotland Rugby News understands that Scottish Rugby Limited chairman John McGuigan, who is leading the search, is closing in on the preferred candidate to replace Mallinder with an announcement due to be made within the next seven days.

A Glasgow Warriors spokesman said they did not comment on speculation, while Scottish Rugby also said they would not comment. 

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