Saturday 18 November 2017

Early Edinburgh exit for coach Bradley

Michael Bradley has left his position as Edinburgh head coach with immediate effect.

Scotland assistant coaches Stevie Scott and Duncan Hodge have been placed in interim charge.

Bradley had been due to leave when his contract expired in May, but the Scottish Rugby Union yesterday announced that he and assistant Neil Back had agreed a deal to terminate their deals now.

Bradley departs Edinburgh following seven consecutive defeats in the Pro12, which leave them in 10th place in the table, three off the bottom.

The Irishman led Edinburgh to the Heineken Cup semi-finals last season, but they suffered six defeats this term, scoring just 36 points in the process.

The former Connacht director of rugby was informed last month that his two-year deal would not be renewed.

Scott and Hodge will assume their roles after the Six Nations campaign ends, with Edinburgh not in action again until they play host to Ulster on March 22 in the Pro12.

SRU chief executive Mark Dodson said in a statement: "We feel this move is necessary to give a fresh impetus to the squad going into the remainder of the season.

"Our search for a new coaching team for Edinburgh Rugby continues, with a view to getting the club back on a winning track."

Meanwhile, versatile Connacht forward Andrew Browne has signed a new two-year contract to remain at the Sportsground.

Irish Independent

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