Edinburgh need Sean Lineen, says David Laird

Sean Lineen was a success at Glasgow. Pic: SNS
Sean Lineen was a success at Glasgow. Pic: SNS
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A former Edinburgh Rugby star is calling for a place to be found in the region’s current set-up for ex-Boroughmuir colleague, Sean Lineen.

David Laird, who played centre for Edinburgh against Samoa in 1995, used social media to highlight the need for an individual of Lineen’s calibre to be brought on board as success continues to prove elusive.

Edinburgh go into tomorrow’s Pro 12 derby at high-flying Glasgow boasting only one win in their last five matches and the record along the M8 is woeful, with no win for 11 years.

Laird said: “Sean Lineen laid the foundations at Glasgow Warriors so get him into Edinburgh Rugby.” The remark was made in reply to ex-Scotland captain Andy Nicol’s question: “How can Glasgow have it so right and Edinburgh so wrong? If something works replicate it! How has the SRU allowed this to happen.”

Lineen’s credentials are impressive but he is currently without day-to-day rugby involvement. Since leaving Glasgow to be replaced by Gregor Townsend, he has been coaching Scotland under-20s with a brief to help recruit Scots-qualified talent from overseas though many of those coming in appear to have been at the instigation of Edinburgh’s South African coach, Alan Solomons.