FORMER Scotland rugby captain Jason White has joined the PE department at Musselburgh’s Loretto School.

White, who won 77 caps and led his country 19 times in a nine-year international career, has taken up a role as a teacher and coach at the Musselburgh school.

Jonathan Hewat, director of communications at Loretto, told the Courier: “We are delighted that Jason is joining the staff at Loretto School.

“His appointment as a trainee PE teacher and coach will further strengthen our sports department.

“He has a degree in sports science and I know that he is looking forward to embarking on a second career in teaching.

“Jason joins Loretto School having worked in the sports management industry since retiring from professional sport.”

The 39-year-old, who toured with the British and Irish Lions to New Zealand in 2005, has most recently been working for sports agency Red Sky Management, acting as agent to the likes of current Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw.

He captained Scotland to a famous victory over England at Murrayfield in 2006.

Rowen Shepherd, CEO of Red Sky Management and another ex-Scotland internationalist, told the Courier: “Jason is one of the most honest, genuine and driven athletes we have had the pleasure to work with for many years.

“We have no doubt that this transition into a new role will not come without its challenges, but Jason will be committed to inspiring all of the youngsters he teaches and we are sure his passion and enthusiasm for sport will soon be known by all at Loretto.”

A North Berwick resident, former back-row player White was head coach at the town’s rugby club until the summer. Meanwhile, former Scotland hockey internationalist David Guy, 31, has joined Loretto’s coaching staff.