Worcester Warriors have appointed Simon Cross as their new defence coach.
Cross, former captain of Edinburgh Rugby, has forged a reputation as one of the brightest young coaches in Scotland since his retirement from playing.
The 32-year-old has been part of the Scotland Under-20 set-up as defence coach and was also involved with Glasgow Warriors during Scotland's autumn and Six Nations internationals.
Cross has also been head coach at Edinburgh Accies for the last three seasons, guiding them to the top-flight of Scottish rugby in the 2010/2011 season and fourth place in the RBS Premiership in 2012/13.
Cross will move to Sixways to link up with director of rugby, Dean Ryan, who was alerted to his progress while working as Scotland's forwards coach.
"Simon has a strong point to prove and is an ambitious young coach," said Ryan. "Developing coaches is as much a priority as the players here and we are delighted to welcome Simon to the team at Warriors.
Cross revealed he had no doubt in accepting what he called a 'huge opportunity', stating: "I'm joining a dynamic coaching group and it will be fantastic to work with them and such a motivated squad of players.
"To leave my roles in Scotland was difficult as I have enjoyed it immensely, but this is a huge opportunity for me that I plan to take."