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Was gutted with the way Cockers was treat by the Leicester board (reminiscent of football sackings).Can't help but think he also needed the move in order to be pushed more as a coach.A real grafter both as a player and coach for Leicester. Think he will be good for Edinburgh.Good luck Cockers
@ 59 - The Malcy, 100% agree with you it is great to see Scottish rugby turning a corner.2018 should be a coming of age for the new generation of scottish rugby, in the meantime 1872 is set to be a Xmas cracker.Hoping for Edinburgh to come out on top, either way though its great to see so many gifted young players.
Maybe, just maybe (and I know it is tantamount to treason to suggest it) Scott Johnson and Mark Dodson are actually doing good jobs for Scottish Rugby... Getting the highly rated Rennie and Cockerill in as coaches, keeping GT with the Scotland job, the improving U20's, the 7's team performing well, talented young Scottish players graduating to the Pro teams.I don't think that is just luck!
RC certainly seems to have invested in Edinburgh rugby, and it is plain to see that he is having a positive effect on the players eg McInally, Marfo etc. Good on him. Looking forward to a cracker!
@43 There's about a core of 3-3.5k for most games the rest is dependant on the opposition a Leinster brings more folk out than Zebre.However the 1872 cup whilst may offset the avg attendance a little (it is only 1 game in the season) and it's grown as well from I think about 6k when I first went to 21k last year and shows the market is there to be tapped into. Need them coming back each week.
@50 The Borders won't resurface there just isn't the population to support it and when it was there that was proven with attendances that make myreside look massive in comparison. The current association with London Scottish or the possible buyout of Worcester Warriors seems to be the favoured route for the SRU to get a 3rd side of players involved.
I like the effect RC is having on Edinburgh, as said below they do seem to (mostly) perform as a team now and know what they are trying to do, and how.It is also good that there are a number of good young Scots players coming through who can benefit from the work ethic he demands.I hope the improvement continues and Edinburgh can match Glasgow in both results and performances.
Cockers is unlikely to produce an exciting brand of rugby but if he hangs around, then Scotland should be beneficiaries of his knowledge and demands of good forward play - where securing good first phase possession is a gimmie, an effective rolling maul and second row forwards with a bit of dog.
Flicking through the comments it seems accepted that the problem is the players not understanding what was required in terms of commitment or at least not doing it.If that's the case there are few better than Cockers to make it absolutely clear what's expected... 0-0
Well done Richard for bringing your knowledge, skills and impression to Scotland.
He is right.The problem is the TV.People see a player have a few good games for their club and national sides and suddenly calls them World Class.It goes to players heads. Fans need to be grounded and give praise when it is due, but putting some of these young guys on pedestals stunts their development, they think they are there!Happens all over the rugby world, such a shame
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