Australian Matt Taylor, the defensive coach of Scotland's rugby team.
Australian Matt Taylor, the defensive coach of Scotland's rugby team. David Jones

Aussie coach plotting Wallabies' downfall

RUGBY UNION: Scotland's defensive coach, Matt Taylor, will be dining with the enemy in Edinburgh on Thursday night when he attends a dinner with a contingent of Wallabies.

The catch-up will precede Sunday morning's (12.30am AEST) Test at Murrayfield, where the Brisbane-born former Queensland junior state representative will try to help orchestrate an upset win of them.

The 44-year-old, however, said "there'll be no talking about tactics or giving away too many secrets” at the dinner.

Taylor, who helped guide the Reds to Super Rugby glory in 2011, said "it's always a funny one against Australia”.

"A lot of my family, who are Scottish (including his parents), will all be going for Scotland,” he told media. "Then there's a number of them at home who are quite proud Australians as well.”

Sunday's clash will be the third time he's faced Australia; the second was in the quarter-finals of last year's World Cup when the Wallabies managed to win 35-34 after falling behind with minutes to go after a James Slipper blunder.

"It was funny in the World Cup ... I was so happy for us as a group because I was thinking with four minutes to go that we had a good chance of winning that, (but) I probably felt for him a little bit because I know him pretty well,” he said.

The Scots are set to take it up to the visitors once more, and Taylor hopes this time they get the result.

"If you look at the stats, where they (the Wallabies) score tries they score a lot from set piece, particularly lineout, so we went into the World Cup quarter-final with a certain plan and one of them wasn't to give them a lot of great set-piece ball and they managed to do that,” he said.

"We need to be a lot better than we were in that game. We managed to force a few tries through our defence through intercepts, through charge-downs, so again we'll be looking to keep pressing them in that regard.”

Taylor recently signed a two-year extension to remain part of Scotland's coaching team under Vern Cotter.

"My family's very settled here, my kids love it here and I love it here, but I suppose rugby coaching in any regard, you're just on to your next contract, aren't you?” he said.

"I'm here definitely for the next two years after the Six Nations and then we'll see what happens but I love it here and I feel like I've got a lot to offer Scotland still so I'll just see how things go.”

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