Richard Cockerill agrees two-year contract extension with Edinburgh

The firebrand Englishman has been a big success at the capital club since taking on the head coach role in the summer of 2017

Richard Cockerill has agreed a two year contract extension with Edinburgh, according to Chief Executive Mark Dodson. Image: Fotosport/David Gibson
Richard Cockerill has agreed a two year contract extension with Edinburgh, according to Chief Executive Mark Dodson. Image: Fotosport/David Gibson

RICHARD COCKERILL has agreed a two-year contract extension with Edinburgh which will keep him in Scottish Rugby until the summer of 2023.

The firebrand Englishman has been a big success at the capital club since taking on the head coach role in the summer of 2017, and has led them to a first ever PRO14 home play-off semi-final this season, as well as the quarter finals of the European Challenge Cup.

Scottish Rugby Chief Executive Mark Dodson said earlier this month that he was keen to extend the contracts of both Cockerill and national team head coach Gregor Townsend beyond next summer’s expiry dates, despite the business facing a period of significant retrenchment, and he now appears to have achieved one of those targets.


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“Despite interest from lots of other players, an agreement has been reached and I’m delighted he’s staying,” Dodson told the BBC Scotland Rugby podcast. “He’s doing a fantastic job and he wants to make sure we take Edinburgh to the next level.”

“We’ve got the exciting moment now with the new Edinburgh stadium to be commissioned at the end of the year and we’ve got this incredible group of players that he’s brought through and developed into a really competitive team,” Dodson added.


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3 Comments

  1. That’s good news and well done getting the deal over the line. Who knows what pro rugby will look like in 2 years time so keeping a coach of that calibre is important.

  2. fantastic news for scottish rugby, keeping high value people such as mr cockers in the mix is hugely encouraging especially given no doubt he wasnt short of an offer or two. that being said has vern looked at flights to edinburgh yet?…

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