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Contract extension for Edinburgh’s Cockerill

Richard Cockerill

Richard Cockerill has earned an early contract extension after a good start with Edinburgh Rugby (pic: SNS Group)

Edinburgh Rugby head coach Richard Cockerill has signed a contract extension which will see him stay at the Guinness PRO14 side until 2021.

The former Leicester and Toulon coach has made a big impression since taking on the role at the start of this season.

The club is currently third in Conference B in the PRO14 and reached the knockout stages in the Challenge Cup.

“I saw this as a fresh challenge and have really enjoyed getting stuck in at Edinburgh,” said Cockerill. “There is still a lot to do at the club and I wanted to stay and continue working with a great group of fellow coaches and hard-working players.

“We are building a better squad and a better culture, bit by bit, with the aim of improving results and making us more competitive and consistent.”

Scottish Rugby chief executive Mark Dodson said: “I have been delighted by the impact Richard has had since his arrival and so it was the right decision to retain his services through to 2021.

“We have worked hard to secure a world-class coaching group in Scotland and Richard has put down strong foundations which is both improving our players and underpinning the work being done off the pitch to take the club forward.

“I know Richard sees Edinburgh Rugby as a long-term project and while there has been a positive start we all expect the progress to continue in the coming seasons.”

Scottish Rugby’s director of rugby Scott Johnson added: “Richard has worked hard since his arrival to set a clear level of expectations on the performance side and this clearly helped both the playing and coaching group to grow and develop.

“It is important Edinburgh Rugby makes a strong contribution to the both the national side and the Guinness PRO14 and by extending Richard’s contract we are continuing to invest in this approach and him.”

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