SEAN Lineen will be confirmed today as the director of rugby at London Scottish for the rest of the season. The former Glasgow head coach will officially retain his role within Scottish Rugby as the head of international age-grades, but is expected to spend the bulk of the time helping steer the Richmond-based club away from the relegation zone in the Championship, the second division of English rugby.

Lineen was only given his new Murrayfield age-grades post in September, having previously spent three years as Scotland Under-20s coach. Several players have gone on loan from Scotland to London Scottish in recent seasons, and that process could be expanded once his new role as director of rugby is up and running.

Roddy Grant, the former Edinburgh openside flanker who announced his retirement from playing at the end of December, is also joining London Scottish, as forwards coach. The 28-year-old, who had to retire after a knee injury did not heal as he had hoped, also officially remains a Scottish Rugby employee, at least for the time being. But his move south, like Lineen's, is expected to become longer term if the club stay up.

The dual move will be confirmed by both London Scottish and Scottish Rugby this morning.