Scotland have appointed Bryan Easson as interim head coach ahead of the resumption of the 2020 Women’s Six Nations.
Easson will replace Philip Doyle, who is shielding on medical grounds following the Covid-19 pandemic.
Doyle’s contract is up in December and the SRU have decided to promote Easson from his former assistant role, so to avoid any potential disruption to the team.
Doyle said: “While it is very frustrating not to be able to continue as Scotland Head Coach due to the restrictions around Covid-19 I feel it is the right thing to do both for me and also to enable the team to face the coming vital set of matches with some continuity in their coaching.
“I have greatly enjoyed working with the team and feel we’re making good progress on and off the pitch as a group. I will miss being with the players and wish them well in the games ahead and will be watching with interest.”
Scotland played just two matches in the 2020 Championship before Covid-19 halted proceedings.
They have matches scheduled at home to France and away at Wales and Italy.
Easson said: “I have really enjoyed working with this group of players and know how committed they are to progressing as a team.
“Philip is a passionate coach and so it is unfortunate he can’t continue for the games we have ahead.
“As a group we are focussed on the qualification for the World Cup in 2021 and so it was an easy decision to make when I was offered the chance to take on the Head Coach responsibilities.
“I am looking forward to coaching with his group of players and staff again in the weeks ahead and know we will pull together and work hard to reach our objectives.”