Scott to help Solomons drive pro team forward

12/04/13 RABO DIRECT PRO 12'EDINBURGH V CONNACHT (24-32)'MURRAYFIELD - EDINBURGH'Edinburgh head coach Stevie Scott
12/04/13 RABO DIRECT PRO 12'EDINBURGH V CONNACHT (24-32)'MURRAYFIELD - EDINBURGH'Edinburgh head coach Stevie Scott

Borderer Stevie Scott has been officially named as assistant to newly-appointed Edinburgh Rugby head coach Alan Solomons.

A product of Earlston High School, before learning his trade at both Melrose and Gala rugby clubs, Scott had been interim head coach for the capital outfit since the end of the Six Nations campaign this year and has now been rewarded with the full-time assistant (forwards) role.

He said: “I’m delighted to extend my term with Edinburgh Rugby, a team which I have a long association with and a huge amount of passion for (Scott made 99 appearances for the pro team as a player).”

Capped 11 times for Scotland, Scott’s coaching career was also kicked-off in the Borders – he headed up Selkirk in 2006 before spending three years as a coach for the national academy, promoted to specialist coach to the Scotland national team from 2008 to 2010 and assistant coach to the Scotland A team for spells in 2010 and 2012.

In 2010, Scott left Scotland to secure a senior professional club appointment in the English Premiership as Sale Sharks forwards coach, where he remained until September 2012, brought back to the national set-up by interim Scotland coach Scott Johnson as an assistant coach for the 2013 RBS 6 Nations, before returning to Edinburgh Rugby this year.

“I’m looking forward to building on the work done since the tail end of last season with a highly experienced coach,” he added.

“We’ll put everything into getting this club back into a position we can all be proud of.”

Edinburgh Rugby managing director David Davies said: “I’m very pleased to retain the services of Stevie, whose work on and off the field in pre-season has been exceptional.”

New head coach Solomons, a former South Africa assistant, 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 hemispheres, will check into Murrayfield next Friday.

“I’m very much looking forward to arriving in Edinburgh, teaming up with Stevie and meeting the challenges head on,” he said.