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Edinburgh appoint former England hooker Richard Cockerill as new head coach

The 46-year-old has signed a two-year deal with the Pro12 club.

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RICHARD COCKERILL WILL take over as head coach of Edinburgh from the beginning of next season.

The ex-England hooker has agreed a two-year deal with the Pro12 club and will start the job when his short-term spell coaching role with Toulon comes to an end.

Assistant coaches Stevie Scott and Pete Wilkins will remain in their current roles.

46-year-old Cockerill, capped 27 times at international level, retired from playing in 2005 spent 12 years at Leicester Tigers but was sacked position as director of rugby last month.

“I am very much looking forward to a new challenge and the opportunity at Edinburgh Rugby ticked all the boxes,” Cockerill said.

“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 (Scottish Rugby chief executive) Mark Dodson and Scott Johnson (Scottish Rugby director of rugby) 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.”

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