Cuttitta, 42, will be tasked with strengthening the scrum, while continuing to work in a similar role with Edinburgh and Glasgow.

"I'm looking forward to working with the Scotland team. I'll be looking at technique," said Cuttitta, who earned 69 caps and also played for Natal Sharks, Harlequins and Calvisano. "I know a number of the players from both Edinburgh and Glasgow Warriors and I am aware of the quality of the likes of Euan Murray and Alasdair Dickinson.

"I will be looking at technique and ways in which we can enhance our scrummaging."

Head coach Robinson, who was in charge of Ediburgh before taking the Scotland job, added: "I've been pleased with Massimo's contribution at the pro-teams and I think it's good to extend that to the national team.

"The set-pieces are a key area for us and Massimo will challenge the players to improve."

Robinson also confirmed former Scotland hooker Steve Scott would assist the national side as a specialist throwing coach.