Edinburgh appoint Solomons
Edinburgh have announced the appointment of Southern Kings boss Alan Solomons as their new head coach.
The former South Africa assistant coach, who has steered the Barbarians to wins over five top tier nations (England, Scotland, Wales, South Africa and New Zealand) and led clubs to silverware in both the northern and southern hemisphere, will check into Murrayfield on Friday 9 August.
He will be joined by Stevie Scott, whose work as interim head coach has been rewarded with a full-time assistant (forwards) role.
“I’m delighted to confirm the appointment of such experienced, respected and passionate coaches,” said Edinburgh managing director, David Davies.
“In addition to attracting the undeniable quality in Alan Solomons, I’m very pleased to retain the services of Stevie Scott, whose work on and off the field in pre-season has been exceptional.
“I’m confident they will provide the foundations for our long-term objective of becoming a force on the domestic and European stage.”
“This is a very exciting role at a club which has a huge amount of potential,” said Solomons.
“I’m very much looking forward to arriving in Edinburgh, teaming up with Stevie [Scott] and meeting the challenges head on.”
“I’m delighted to extend my term with the Edinburgh, a team which I have a long association with and a huge amount of passion for,” said Scott.
“I’m looking forward to building on the work done since the tail end of last season with a highly experienced coach.
“We’ll put everything into getting this club back into a position we can all be proud of.”
“We have conducted a global search through scores of candidates who have shown a great deal of enthusiasm for helping us realise the potential in Edinburgh,” said Scottish Rugby director of rugby, Scott Johnson.
“This pair offer an excellent balance of experience, passion and success, as well as in-depth knowledge of the local and international rugby scenes, something which we are look forward seeing put to the test at Murrayfield.”