PRO12: Ufficiale, Cockerill è il nuovo head coach di Edinburgh

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Alba Ovale – 2011

Ne avevamo parlato giusto ieri, oggi è arrivata la conferma ufficiale con comunicato stampa della Scottish Rugby.

Richard Cockerill è il nuovo head coach di Edinburgh Rugby e arriverà nella capitale scozzese al termine della stagione in corso, quando lascerà il posto di consulente al RC Toulon. Ha lasciato il posto di DoR dei Tigers lo scorso gennaio, quando ha risolto consensualmente il contratto dopo 12 anni passati in vari ruoli nello stage tecnico del club del Welford Rd, con cui ha vinto tre volte la Premiership.

I am very much looking forward to a new challenge and the opportunity at Edinburgh Rugby ticked all the boxes,” ha detto Cockerill. “It’s a real rugby city, and the club has a lot of potential to grow on, and off, the pitch. The conversations I had with Mark Dodson and Scott Johnson were instrumental in understanding what the vision for Edinburgh Rugby is and it is a project I’m excited to be a part of.
I’m also 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.

È interessante notare che Cockerill, che ha firmato un contratto di due stagioni, non cambierà lo staff tecnico dei Gunners, che potranno ancora contare su Duncan Hodge – che al termine della stagione in corso lascerà la posizione di Acting Head Coach per tornare ad occuparsi dei trequarti – e sui due assistant coach Stevie Scott e Pete Wilkins.

Mark Dodson, Scottish Rugby Chief Executive, ha detto di essere “very pleased to have secured Richard’s services given how highly sought after he was from leading clubs across Europe. As a highly experienced, winning coach we targeted him and worked hard to ensure his talents could be secured for the benefit of Edinburgh Rugby. 
I believe his appointment clearly demonstrates our commitment to developing and maintaining success at our professional clubs in Scotland.
The fact he has chosen Edinburgh Rugby as the next step in his career says everything about the shared vision we have for the club and his role in it.
I’d like to thank Duncan Hodge for all his hard work with the club so far and look forward to him continuing to contribute to Edinburgh Rugby.

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