Sunday 30 April 2017

O'Sullivan out of running for Edinburgh job

Hugh Farrelly

Former Ireland coach Eddie O'Sullivan is out of the running for the Edinburgh director of rugby role, despite being the most qualified candidate.

O'Sullivan, who led Ireland to three Triple Crowns between 2004 and '07, was the front-runner to take over at the Scottish club, but is believed to have been informed by Edinburgh that they are looking elsewhere for a replacement for Rob Moffat.

O'Sullivan is contracted as US Eagles coach until the end of the World Cup (where they are in Ireland's pool) and it is understood that this may have been a factor in his rejection, as Edinburgh want a coach in place as soon as possible.

Other names that have been linked with the job are Ireland backs coach Alan Gaffney, who will be similarly World Cup-tied until the autumn, Munster's departing forwards coach Laurie Fisher and former Wasps coach Tony Hanks.

Connacht assistant coach Brian Melrose was reported to be another target but prefers to stay with Eric Elwood's outfit, while former Connacht coach Michael Bradley has also been linked with the job.

Irish Independent

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