Alan Solomons extends contract with Edinburgh

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EDINBURGH RUGBY head coach Alan Solomons today signed a 12-month extension to his contract, keeping him at BT Murrayfield until June 2016.

The South African, who took over at the Capital outfit in August 2013, led his team to this season’s European Challenge Cup final where they lost out 19-13 to Gloucester at Twickenham Stoop.

Edinburgh currently sit eighth in the Guinness PRO12 table and face a difficult task this weekend as they bid to secure a play-off spot for the European Champions Cup. Solomons’ men must beat Leinster at home on Saturday and hope that results elsewhere go their way.

After securing his new deal, Solomons said: “We set ourselves the target, at the start of the season, of being in the top six in the league this year and, although this is no longer possible, we are still challenging for a play-off spot for the European Champions Cup. Reaching the final of the European Challenge Cup and winning the 1872 Cup have been equally pleasing and that’s testament to the hard work of the players as well as the commitment of all our backroom staff.

“The challenges we’ve faced as a squad this year have been enormous – the injury count in the home game against Lyon being a case in point – but on each occasion we have risen to the challenge.

“I feel we’re moving into the next phase of our development as a squad and that’s really exciting. We are progressing but there is still a long way to go. I am absolutely focused on continuing this progress and realising the vision.”

Scottish Rugby chief executive Mark Dodson said: “Everyone at Scottish Rugby acknowledges the contribution Alan has made in bringing Edinburgh to a major cup final and improving its league position.

“From the outset we set him the task of rebuilding the club, with Scottish players at its core and to develop young talent. This is now generating the results we hoped for and I am delighted he will continue his progress at Edinburgh Rugby.”