DALZIEL Rugby Club head coach David Wilson has been appointed coach of the Scotland under-17 side.
Wilson will oversee the Scots youngsters during two international fixtures against England and France and at the Wellington International Rugby Festival in April.
He said: “I was involved with the under-19s for the past two seasons and then that age group squad was scrapped.
“Essentially the SRU then re-advertised coaching positions at under-17 and under-18 level.
“I put my hat in the ring and the end result was becoming head coach of the under-17s.
“I was hoping to be the backs coach but to get the head coach job is I suppose recognition for what I have done at club level.
“It is going to be tough and the challenge is to prepare them for their first experience of international rugby.”
Meanwhile, Wilson is hoping to add some more experienced players to his Dalziel squad next season to supplement the youngsters.
He added: “There are some good youngsters but we need to strengthen the squad and that is always difficult.
“It would be great to get some experienced guys that perhaps have played at a higher level to come in and help the younger players.
“We have brought scrum-half Graham Calder in from Stirling County who has a lot of experience playing at a higher level with Currie and Heriots.
“It is good to have someone like him back to try and bring a bit of composure to the team.”
Wilson has recently brought in former Glasgow Hawks coach Ally Craig to coach the Dalziel forwards.