Front-runner Ewan McKenzie is set to rule himself out of contention for the vacant position of Scottish Rugby coach.
The Evening News has learned that former Wallaby prop McKenzie is not in the frame with a strong groundswell of opinion from the Southern Hemisphere favouring one-time All Blacks and Edinburgh captain, Todd Blackadder.
A source close to Queensland Reds, where McKenzie is currently employed, said: “McKenzie can be ruled out but the hint is that Todd Blackadder will be getting the Scotland job if he wants it.”
One reason why McKenzie, who is believed to have been interviewed for the recent Ireland vacancy, now filled, is at long odds is down to Jonathan Humphreys being appointed last week as Scotland forwards coach. The idea of two ex-front rows in McKenzie and Humphreys taking charge of Scotland would be hard to fathom and although Blackadder also spent his career in the scrum he was a renowned back row forward. Currently with Canterbury Crusaders, there is a school of thought that Blackadder has taken this team as far as he can and is ready for the next move in a celebrated career.
Others being mentioned are Wayne Smith, the former stand off who has been All Blacks backs coach and Jake White, who steered South Africa to a World Cup. But Blackadder was today emerging as the strongest contender.