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Scotland narrow head coach search

Gordon McKie
McKie is in no rush to find Frank Hadden's successor

The list of candidates for Scotland's head coach job has been whittled down to six, Scottish Rugby chief executive Gordon McKie told BBC Scotland.

The number has been cut from the original 30 applicants, and includes Edinburgh coach Andy Robinson.

"Andy has made an application, and can tick many of the boxes," said McKie.

"We're very pleased with the number of applications we've had, but we'll do this thoroughly. The most important thing is that we don't rush it."

Frank Hadden stepped down from the position last month following a poor showing for a third successive year in the Six Nations.

McKie said the interview process would now commence, but Scottish Rugby was still in no hurry to appoint Hadden's successor.

McKie discusses selection procedure

"After the first interview, we'll have a second interview and maybe even a third - but the most important thing is that we get the right guy," said McKie.

"The calibre reflect both home and overseas candidates, so we've narrowed it down to about six that we're quite keen to see in the next couple of weeks.

"I believe the Scottish rugby national coach position is a key position in world rugby.

"There's a lot of good things going on in Scottish rugby, in terms of the number of professional players, the depth we have, we have some exciting young players here.

"We need to harness that talent and take the team forward and get them winning more often."

A five-man selection panel to find the new head coach includes three former Scotland captains and ex-British and Irish Lions.

Andy Irvine, Andy Nicol, Gordon Bulloch, SRU chair Alan Munro and McKie will choose Frank Hadden's successor.

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