Andy Robinson, the former England head coach who has been out of the game since losing his job with the national team last November, will today join Edinburgh in a similar capacity.
The move will allow him to return to hands-on coaching – an opportunity he has craved since surrendering responsibility for the England forward pack to John Wells in a back-room reshuffle 18 months ago.
Robinson had been linked with a return to Bath, where he played as a flanker before coaching them to a famous Heineken Cup triumph in 1998, but discussions with the chairman and financier-in-chief, Andrew Brownsword, broke down. He first met Scottish Rugby Union officials in August, after the Edinburgh club was brought back under central control following a serious financial row with a consortium running the team independently of the governing body.
It will be a challenging task for Robinson, who must immediately contemplate a Heineken Cup campaign against three pool opponents – Leicester, Leinster and Toulouse – with legitimate title ambitions.Reuse content