Edinburgh backroom staff pen new deals

Date published: April 22 2016

Edinburgh's three assistant coaches, Stevie Scott, Duncan Hodge and Peter Wilkins have signed have signed new contracts with the PRO12 club.

Forwards coach Scott, backs maestro Hodge and the man in charge of defence, Wilkins, will all remain with the capital club for the next two seasons.

Former international hooker Scott has been in post since summer 2013, having been interim head coach of the club for whom he earned 99 caps prior to Solomons’ arrival.

A product of Earlston High School, Stevie won 11 caps for Scotland between 2000 and 2004. He began his coaching career in the Borders before spells with the National Academy, Scotland and Sale.

"I think the club’s taken massive strides forward since I’ve been part of it, both as a player and a coach," he told Edinburgh's official website.

"There’s been a big emphasis on set piece and I see our scrum coming on really well. It was great to see our front row going into the Six Nations and performing well.

"I’m really proud of what we all, as a team, have done but we still have a long way to go."

Meanwhile Hodge, who garnered over 150 caps for the club, switched from the blue of the Scotland backroom team to the red and black following last year’s Rugby World Cup.

Alongside Scott, 26-times capped international stand-off Hodge enjoyed a successful interim coaching spell with Edinburgh in 2013.

"It’s a massive thing for me to coach at my home side," said Hodge.

"I’ve spent large parts of my life in Edinburgh and it’s great to be able to influence what’s going on at the club.

"We’re evolving as a team and this is a great chance to develop some of the young players here, especially the backs."

Completing the trio is Wilkins, born and raised in the UK, who garnered his coaching skills in the southern hemisphere where he progressed within the Queensland Reds from regional rugby manager to defence coach.

With strong family links north of the border – South Lanarkshire and Montrose specifically – Wilkins has relished his time with the club since arriving at the start of preseason.

"I’m really pleased to be extending my contract, to be able to continue the work we’ve started here," he said.

"I’ve enjoyed my first season here immensely. It’s certainly a longer season than I was used to in the southern hemisphere but that was part of the appeal – to be able to work through the ebbs and flows, to continue to improve and tweak the systems – I’ve really enjoyed that process."

Head coach Alan Solomons said: " It is great news for Edinburgh Rugby that Stevie, Hodgey and Pete have committed to the club.

"It will provide us with the stability and continuity which is needed to keep the club moving forward. They are all good coaches and first class blokes, who have the interests of the club at heart.

"There is great synergy between us and I look forward to us continuing to work together to keep the club moving in the right direction."