EDINBURGH have further enhanced their backroom staff with the recent addition of Peter Wilkins as defence coach.
The UK-born and bred Durham University graduate began his coaching journey with the English RFU before moving to Australia where he progressed within the Queensland Reds from regional rugby manager to defence coach.
During his time in Brisbane he was also head coach of Queensland A and defence coach of Queensland Country.
Wilkins agreed to join Edinburgh this summer and his appointment was confirmed by the Capital club today.
It is the latest move to boost a coaching team at BT Murrayfield and ease the burden on head coach Alan Solomons and his assistant Stevie Scott. Duncan Hodge will take on the role of backs coach in the Capital after the World Cup.
Wilkins said: “There are a lot of subtle differences between the sport here and in Australia – the rugby programme, the working week and the style of rugby – but the fundamentals remain the same. Whether that’s on the coaching field, in terms of getting best practice and results from the players, or whether that’s culturally in and around the club, it’s similar the world over. My father’s side of the family come from South Lanarkshire and Montrose and I’ve had a lot of good experiences in Edinburgh both on rugby tours and on visits.”
Solomons added: “It is great to have Peter on board. The position of defence coach is key to us as we look to progress and Peter, with Super Rugby experience under his belt, will no doubt add huge value in this important sphere of the game.”