FORMER Scotland flanker Pater Walton has been recruited by Scottish Rugby as SQ (Scottish Qualified) performance player transition manager.

His previous job was with Gloucester Rugby as head of academy, and prior to that he had a spell with Bristol Bears, as well as 10 years with the RFU where he held the position of international performance coach, operating as forwards coach for the England age grade sides, ranging from U15s to U20s.

“Walton will work closely with head of player transition Kenny Murray by leading and developing the SQ Performance Programme to provide a clear performance pathway for Scottish qualified men and women’s players aged over 18 who have the potential to play U20s, with Scotland international teams or Edinburgh Rugby/Glasgow Warriors,” said a statement by Scottish Rugby.

Murray said: “Having a man of Peter Walton’s experience join us will be of massive benefit to Scottish Rugby as we aim to scour the globe to discover the best players eligible to play for Scotland and make a pos-itive impact to both our club and international sides, adding depth to those players based within Scotland.

“We already have Rob Brierley in position, targeting Scottish qualified male and female players under the age of 18 but this new role will help widen the net to ensure we give ourselves the best possible chance to explore every avenue when it comes to players who have the ability to benefit the Scottish game.