John Hardie deemed surplus to requirements at Edinburgh

Date published: March 13 2018

Edinburgh head coach Richard Cockerill has confirmed that Scotland flanker John Hardie has been deemed surplus to requirements at the club.

New Zealand-born Hardie has been surrounded by controversy following his three-month ban for alleged cocaine use. 

But Cockeriil insists it is not his off-the-field indiscretions that have cost him his place, but rather the fierce competition within the team.

“John won’t be staying. He is the same as a lot of other guys. We have a lot of young guys coming through and financially we need to spread our costs,” Cockerill told the Scotland Herald website.

“It is getting value out of our budget. We have guys like Jamie Ritchie and Luke Crosbie coming through both can play seven and are doing well. Hamish (Watson) is first choice for Scotland. Add in John Barclay who can play along the back row, (Viliame) Matta, (Magnus) Bradbury, (Lewis) Carmichael, there are a lot of good back row players.

“We need to get value from the squad. We are trying to get a balance from forwards to back and want balance through the squad."

Hardie has won 16 caps for Scotland, having made his debut against Italy in 2015, going on to feature prominently in that year's World Cup campaign.