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Ex-England star lands post

Cockerill new head coach of Edinburgh Rugby

Richard Cockerill (photo: Esportif – contributed)

Former England international Richard Cockerill has been appointed head coach of Edinburgh Rugby with effect from the start of next season.

The three-time Premiership-winning coach has signed a two-year deal and will relocate to Scotland for the new role after his recent spell with Toulon.

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

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

After two spells playing for Leicester and two years at Montferrand, Cockerill spent 12 years in coaching roles at Leicester Tigers, rising through the ranks to become Head Coach in 2009 and then Director of Rugby in 2010.

He led the team to Premiership semi-finals every season he was in charge and won back to back titles in 2009, 2010 and a subsequent title in 2013.

During his time with the club he also reached the Heineken Cup Final at Murrayfield in 2009 and won the LV Cup in 2012.

The 27 time-capped hooker for England was released by Leicester in January 2017 and immediately took up a consultancy role with Toulon in the French Top 14.

“I’m 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,” added Cockerill.

Edinburgh Acting Head Coach Duncan Hodge will remain in his current role until the end of the season and then return to his previous position as backs coach with the club. Assistant coaches Stevie Scott and Pete Wilkins remain in post.

Managing director of Edinburgh Rugby, Jonny Petrie, said: “This is an exciting period for Edinburgh Rugby. Richard’s arrival will bring a fresh perspective to the playing group and I’m sure our fans will be encouraged we have secured someone with his track record to take the club forward.

“Duncan Hodge has been a consummate professional throughout his tenure as Acting Head Coach and I think our supporters and players will join me in thanking him and be pleased he will continue to contribute to the club.”

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Scots recover for Wales match

MurrayfieldSix Nations: Six Scotland players will be available for Saturday’s meeting with Wales at Murrayfield after recovering from injury or illness.

Flankers John Barclay and John Hardie, plus hooker Fraser Brown had to be withdrawn because of head injuries during the 22-16 defeat by France.

Loose forward Ryan Wilson is back after illness ruled him out of the trip to Paris.

Backs Sean Maitland and Mark Bennett are also back in the squad after suffering weekend knocks in club matches at the weekend.

But the team will have to handle the loss of captain Greig Laidlaw and back-rower Josh Strauss for the remainder of the tournament.

Glasgow pair Ali Price and Henry Pyrgos are vying for Laidlaw’s number 9 shirt.

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