Rugby World - - LIFE IN PICTURES -

“This is a happy mo­ment in Toulon. An amaz­ing place. It was a per­fectly-timed move in that, er, I’d just be­come avail­able for em­ploy­ment. For what­ever rea­son, my­self and Le­ices­ter had fallen out of love with each other and it was time for me to go.

“Thanks to then coach Mike

Ford, I went over as an as­sis­tant and, af­ter Mike left, I was head coach for seven or eight games.

“From Le­ices­ter to Toulon was like go­ing from the fry­ing pan to the fur­nace. I en­joyed every minute. Owner Mourad Boud­jel­lal just wanted to win. We went all the way to the (Top 14) fi­nal. I have a lot to thank Toulon for.”

“We (Ed­in­burgh) haven’t had much ex­pec­ta­tion around the team for a lit­tle while. We had a bet­ter sea­son last year but it will only get tougher.

“We can get bet­ter but ev­ery­one else gets bet­ter and ev­ery­one else treats you dif­fer­ently and with a bit more re­spect. Noth­ing is go­ing to get solved in 12 months, but we’re mak­ing progress. I’m en­joy­ing the chal­lenge.”


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