Wednesday 17 January 2018

O'Sullivan in running for Edinburgh job

RUGBY Hugh Farrelly

Eddie O'Sullivan, Alan Gaffney and Laurie Fisher are three of the names in the running for the job as Edinburgh coach next season, with former Ireland supremo O'Sullivan scheduled to be interviewed when he returns from the US over Easter.

O'Sullivan's contract with the US Eagles expires at the end of the World Cup later this year and the three-time Triple Crown-winning coach could return to European rugby with Edinburgh, who are seeking a replacement for Rob Moffat, who left the Scottish club in January after a run of poor results.

Australian Fisher is in the running for a coaching role after being replaced as Munster forwards coach by Anthony Foley for next season, while his fellow Australian and Ireland backs coach Gaffney is looking for a return to a head coach's role following his spell with Munster between 2002 and 2005.

Edinburgh are currently being coached on an interim basis by another Australian, Nick Scrivener, who is understood to have applied for the job on a permanent basis but has overseen mixed results since taking over from Moffat. If Scrivener did secure the position, he may be interested in renewing his coaching partnership with Fisher after the two worked together at the Brumbies.

Other names in the mix for the position are Scotland U-21 coach Peter Wright, a former international and Lions prop, and New Zealander Tony Hanks, former director of rugby with Wasps.

Irish Independent

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