Captain Mike Coman wins Edinburgh deal extension

*Edinburgh skipper Mike Coman. Pic: Neil Hanna
*Edinburgh skipper Mike Coman. Pic: Neil Hanna
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Edinburgh Rugby have handed captain Mike Coman a one-year contract extension.

In January, the former New Zealand under-19 cap led Edinburgh to their first 1872 Cup triumph over Glasgow since 2009.

Initially joining in 2013 on a two-year deal from Hawkes Bay, the back row has played 28 times and was also instrumental in helping to ensure qualification for the knockout stages of the European Challenge Cup and a meeting with London Irish in Reading early next month,

Coman, 27, said: “We had a bit of a slow start to the season but the team’s coming together really well and results are coming over time. The boys are working hard and the systems are coming together.

“The highpoint of this season for me has definitely been winning the 1872 Cup and progressing in Europe.

“I enjoy the responsibility of being captain – although there are other duties off the field, it helps me focus on my game, and we’ve a great leadership group here at Edinburgh, so the support is always there.

“Looking ahead, I just want to keep building on this season, making sure we’re consistently a top six team and that we keep improving.”