Michael Bradley is new head coach of Edinburgh

Michael Bradley is looking forward to beginning his new job as head coach of Edinburgh next season.

The 48-year-old, capped 40 times by Ireland, has most recently been working with the Georgian national side.

"I'm excited by the challenge of helping the club fulfil its potential," said Bradley.

"I know a lot of the players from my years in the Magners League with Connacht, and I'm well aware of their talent and capabilities."

A scrum-half, Bradley helped Ireland win the Triple Crown in 1985, and played in the 1987 and 1995 World Cups.

He coached the Irish U21 side before spending seven years as director of rugby at Connacht, leaving the Galway outfit at the end of last season.

At Murrayfield, Bradley will replace interim coach Nick Scrivener, who is returning to his native Australia after Friday's final Magners League fixture away to Treviso.

Edinburgh go into the match sitting eighth in the league table after a disappointing campaign.

"I'm looking forward to spending the summer getting to know the club and the job, so that we're in a position to hit the ground running when the new campaign rolls round," added the Irishman.

Scotland head coach Andy Robinson welcomed Bradley's arrival and hopes together they can bring success back to the Scottish rugby scene.

Robinson, who coached Edinburgh before being appointed to the national team, said: "This is a great appointment for Edinburgh and Scottish Rugby. I am certain Michael will bring great drive and determination to the role of head coach of Edinburgh. I very much look forward to working with him and wish him every success."

Scottish Rugby Union chief executive Gordon McKie said Bradley's "passion for the sport" was what set him apart from the other applicants for the post.

"I'm delighted to be welcoming Michael Bradley to Edinburgh", McKie commented.

"This appointment marks the culmination of an extensive recruitment process which saw an extremely pleasing level of interest in the post from a number of excellent candidates."

"Michael impressed everyone involved in the interview process with his passion for the sport and for taking Edinburgh forward. He has a track record of inspiring players to achieve, and offers vast experience gained in a number of different environments", he added.

McKie also praised the efforts of departing interim coach Scrivener, saying: "I would like to thank Nick for his efforts since Rob Moffat's departure, and wish him every success in his next role when he returns to Australia".

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