Former All Black captain Mike Brewer is excited about working with Scotland's young pack of forwards.
The former New Zealand flanker has been appointed national forwards coach to work alongside head coach Frank Hadden.
He will now take charge of a pack which has made considerable progress in the past couple of seasons.
Scotland's eight have overcome the challenge of vaunted packs such as Ireland and England with only the South Africans teaching them a lesson in the tight exchanges.
Brewer will inherit a talented young squad including promising hooker Ross Ford, locks such as Jim Hamilton and Scott MacLeod and a back row including Simon Taylor, Ally Hogg, John Barclay, Kelly Hogg and Ross Rennie.
Brewer is a very experienced coach having worked in club rugby in Ireland, England and Italy before becoming forwards coach for Leinster.
He said: I’m looking forward to working with Frank and the other coaches. Scotland have a young team, with a great work ethic and players who are very keen to learn.
"I think they have the potential to develop into a really good international side in the next three to four years."