Ed­in­burgh consign ‘bas­ket case’ days to his­tory as coach­ing team com­mit fu­tures

The Herald - Herald Sport - - RUGBY UNION -

ED­IN­BURGH have point­edly turned their backs on the days when they were go­ing through coaches at the rate of more than two a sea­son by putting all their as­sis­tants on con­tracts that will keep them at the club through to the sum­mer of 2018.

With Alan Solomons, the head coach, al­ready signed up for a fourth sea­son in over­all charge, it prom­ises a pe­riod of sta­bil­ity at the club only three years af­ter Mark Dod­son, the Scot­tish Rugby Union chief ex­ec­u­tive, de­scribed it as a bas­ket case.

The cur­rent coach­ing panel has been in place only since Dun­can Hodge, the backs coach, joined from Scot­land duty at the end of the World Cup, join­ing Peter Wilkins, the de­fence coach who ar­rived from Aus­tralia a year ago on a 12 month deal, and Ste­vie Scott, the long­est serv­ing of the trio af­ter shift­ing into his role as for­wards coach when Solomons joined.

“Since Alan came in, we have taken small strides for­wards and a big­ger one this year,” said Scott. “I hope we can get the right re­sults in the fi­nal two games of this sea­son to let us push on again next sea­son.

“We have come a long way, but still have a lot we can do.”

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