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Saturday 20 January 2018

Richard Cockerill appointed head coach of Edinburgh Rugby

Richard Cockerill Photo: PA Wire
Richard Cockerill Photo: PA Wire
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Richard Cockerill has been appointed head coach of Edinburgh Rugby, the Pro12 club have announced.

Cockerill, who has recently been working at Toulon,  has signed a two-year contract with the club and will start his new role from next season.

Stevie Scott and Pete Wilkins, assistant coaches at the club, will remain in their roles.

“I am very much looking forward to a new challenge and the opportunity at Edinburgh Rugby ticked all the boxes," Cockerill said.

"It’s a real rugby city, and the club has a lot of potential to grow on, and off, the pitch.

"The conversations I had with Mark Dodson and Scott Johnson were instrumental in understanding what the vision for Edinburgh Rugby is and it is a project I’m excited to be a part of.

“I’m also relishing the chance of coaching in the Guinness PRO12, which is a new league for me, and working with a clearly talented group of players.”

Cockerill was sacked as director of rugby by Leicester earlier this year, but quickly returned to employment at Toulon, where he has been working as a 'rugby consultant'.

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