Scotland assistant coaches Stevie Scott and Duncan Hodge were today appointed as interim coaches of Edinburgh Rugby.
Incumbent head and assistant coaches Michael Bradley and Neil Back have left their posts with immediate effect having agreed terms to bring their contracts to an early end – Bradley’s was due to expire this May, and Back the following season.
Scott and Hodge remain committed to the RBS 6 Nations campaign, and will take the reins as head and assistant coach of the capital club after the competition’s conclusion (Monday 18 March).
In the meantime, the non-International players – quite a few of those at the moment – will continue the strength, conditioning and skills phase of the current fallow period of the RaboDirect PRO12.
Scottish Rugby Chief Executive, Mark Dodson, said: “We feel this move is necessary to give a fresh impetus to the squad going into the remainder of the season.
“Our search for a new coaching team for Edinburgh Rugby continues, with a view to getting the club back on a winning track.”
Edinburgh Rugby managing director, Craig Docherty, said: “I’d like to thank Michael and Neil for all of their input and wish them the very best in the future.
“It’s heartening to welcome the appointment of two former Edinburgh Rugby and Scotland internationalists to our back-room on an interim basis.
“I believe they are the right people to inspire our squad for the remainder of the season and assess the player group going forward.”
Edinburgh Rugby’s new interim head coach, Stevie Scott, said: “I’m delighted to be given this opportunity for the rest of the season.
“Naturally the big thing for me at the moment is my commitment to the national team but, come a week on Saturday night in Paris, I’ll be straight into Edinburgh Rugby mode and will be working with Duncan to get the players ready for the home match against Ulster and the rest of the season.”
Edinburgh Rugby interim assistant coach, Duncan Hodge, echoed Scott’s sentiment, adding: “As an assistant coach to the Scotland team, my focus is completely on my role in producing a winning team in the RBS 6 Nations.
“However, as someone who played over 150 games for the club, I’m delighted to be given this opportunity to assist Edinburgh Rugby and have an influence on the last five games of the season.”