Scott McLeod

Rugby Coach
About Scott

All Blacks defence guru Scott McLeod has rocketed through the coaching ranks since retiring from top-level rugby in 2008.

A rangey midfielder, McLeod featured in 123 first-class games, including 10 tests for the All Blacks between 1995 and 2001.

He returned to the All Blacks set-up in 2017, this time to the coaching line-up, having been seen as a clear-cut choice to replace defensive mastermind Wayne Smith. 

McLeod’s elevation to the role came after stints as skills coach with the Chiefs, and Highlanders assistant coach, where he built a reputation as an innovative and fresh thinker. In his four years at the Otago franchise, McLeod was instrumental in helping turn the team’s floundering fortunes around.

After a storied career with the Waikato and the Chiefs, McLeod finished out his playing days at Toshiba in Japan, which he credits with helping shape his coaching philosophies.

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Career Highlights

All Blacks Assistant Coach


All Blacks Defensive Coach


Top League Champion
(2009, 2007, 2006, 2005)


International Debut vs Samoa

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