Cockerill excited by Toulon’s big names

Date published: January 24 2017

Recently signed Toulon assistant coach Richard Cockerill has revealed that he is excited to work with Toulon's big names.

Cockerill was recently fired from his position as director of rugby with Leicester Tigers but was quickly snapped up by Toulon as an assistant coach. 

The former England player has expressed his delight in being able to work with some of the biggest names in the rugby world.

"I'm going to enjoy it and put everything into it. It's a privilege to coach a side with the names on this team sheet, working with them day in, day out," Cockerill told BBC.

"I've coached against them and I have always thought it was a bit of an odd set-up. But now I am in the middle of it you sort of understand where they are coming from.

Cockerill also referred to the players as 'rock stars' who are very dedicated to the cause. 

"This group – rock stars as they are – you set them a task and they will work really hard. Talk common sense, make sure what you are talking about is relevant to playing and people will listen. Hopefully I'll do that."