Dean Ryan still consultant – Dragons
DEAN Ryan will continue in his role as rugby consultant with Newport Gwent Dragons despite today’s announcement that he will coach Scotland’s forwards in the Six Nations.
His appointment with last season’s tournament wooden spoonists, assisting interim head coach Scott Johnson, will not affect his position with the Rodney Parade side, the region confirmed.
Former England number eight Ryan joined the Dragons in December in a trouble-shooting advisory capacity.
Last month they confirmed the former Gloucester boss would not take part in any coaching and would not attend matches.
They stated his involvement includes a weekly office-based meeting at Rodney Parade where he can counsel coaching staff, as well as the board of directors, on all aspects of the game, including recruitment.
Dragons chief executive Chris Brown said their association with Ryan remains unchanged.
“It doesn’t affect things and he remains our rugby consultant,” he said.
“I’m not surprised he is going to coach a national team and I hope he will still be able to continue coming to Newport once a week.”
Scottish Rugby Union chief executive Mark Dodson said: “Dean will be with us for 12 weeks and will bring all his top-flight savvy and experience to benefit our forward pack.”
Ryan said: “I’ve responded to an invitation from Scott and will look to bring my experience to bear to give Scotland players the best opportunity to represent their country in the best way.”
Former Wales and Ospreys boss Johnson was appointed caretaker boss last month after Andy Robinson's resignation followed November shock loss to Tonga which left Scotland 12th in the International Board Rugby world rankings.
The 46-year-old Ryan and former Scotland hooker Stevie Scott, who has been appointed interim skills coach, complete the coaching team for the Six Nations, which for Scotland begins on February 2 at Twickenham against England.