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Grant completes Cockerill’s Edinburgh staff

Richard Cockerill
Roddy Grant: completes team (pic: SNS)

New Edinburgh Rugby head coach Richard Cockerill has completed his backroom team ahead of the new season with the appointment of former back-row star Roddy Grant.

The 30-year-old, who made over 100 appearances for Edinburgh, steps up from his position in the BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy to the role of assistant forwards coach.

His arrival marks the final piece of the coaching jigsaw for Cockerill, who takes over the reins this summer from interim head coach Duncan Hodge, who reverts to his role as attack coach. The appointment of defence coach Calum MacRae was confirmed last week.

“Following encouraging discussions with all involved, we’re excited to confirm the coaching and management set-up for the season ahead,” said former England international Cockerill.

“Roddy, Duncan and Calum all have a great affinity with Edinburgh and our supporters, which will prove instrumental in developing a strong culture for the club going forward.”

Forwards coach Stevie Scott moves on from the Pro12 club after a number of years’ service, with thanks for his contribution both as a player and latterly as a coach.

Managing director Jonny Petrie said: “Stevie has been a great servant to Edinburgh over his significant playing and coaching career. He leaves with our very best wishes and sincere thanks for all that he has done for this club.”

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