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Cockerill to join Edinburgh Rugby

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Richard Cockerill has been appointed head coach of Edinburgh Rugby with effect from the start of next season.

The former Leicester Tigers director of rugby has signed a two-year deal and will relocate to Scotland for the new role after his recent spell with Toulon.
Edinburgh acting head coach Duncan Hodge will remain in his current role until the end of the season and then return to his previous position as backs coach with the club. Assistant coaches Stevie Scott and Pete Wilkins remain in post.
After two spells playing for Leicester and two years at Montferrand, Cockerill spent 12 years in coaching roles at Tigers, becoming head coach in 2009 and then director of rugby in 2010, winning Premiership titles in 2009, 2010 and 2013.
Announcing the move to Edinburgh this morning, Scottish Rugby chief executive Mark Dodson said: “I am 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.”
Cockerill said: “I am very much looking forward to a new challenge and the opportunity at Edinburgh Rugby ticked all the boxes. The club has a lot of potential to grow on, and off, the pitch.”