Edinburgh coach Alan Solomons wants summer rugby

Alan Solomons wrapped up warm at BT Murrayfield. Picture: SNS
Alan Solomons wrapped up warm at BT Murrayfield. Picture: SNS
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Edinburgh Rugby head coach Alan Solomons believes that World Rugby need to look at implementing a global season from March to November.

The South African also feels that his players, and those at other Guinness PRO12 clubs, are suffering from burn out having been involved in matches for the last 13 weeks on the spin since the World Cup.

“I have always believed in a global season. I believe we should play rugby from March to the end of November. The months of December, January and February are too cold and the weather is not good enough,” he said.

“It’s not just the cold, it’s the rough weather. It’s the middle of winter in the northern hemisphere just now.

“We should maybe look to a situation where you play all your domestic rugby first – PRO12, English Premiership and such like – then you have your cross-border rugby and then you have your Test rugby.

“At the same time as the Tests are being played, the clubs can play a development competition involving the young players. If you construct a season like that than the players will be fresh and will play a better quality of rugby.”

Solomons made his comments after watching his side defeat Treviso 28-13 on Friday night in the league at BT Murrayfield.

The match was played in wet conditions which made the ball difficult to handle and the encounter was littered with mistakes from both teams.

Edinburgh lost both Jack Cuthbert and Blair Kinghorn to injury meaning that currently the likes of those two, Alasdair Dickinson, Ross Ford, Grant Gilchrist, Will Helu, Nasi Manu, Fraser McKenzie, Phil Burleigh, Jade Te Rure, Ben Toolis, Hamish Watson and Tom Brown are all out of action.

On Friday Edinburgh host Agen in the European Rugby Challenge Cup, their 14th outing of a 16 match run, and Solomons admits that the squad’s strength-in-depth is being severely tested.

“I have never in my career ever been involved with 16 back-to-back professional games and it is starting to take its toll. We are not the only club with a long injury list, it’s all clubs. Everybody is suffering,” he explained.

“Sometimes you get lucky, but when you play this amount of rugby back-to-back it is to be expected that players will get injured and tire.

“In terms of player welfare, it’s not the best thing playing so many games off the back of the World Cup – it’s too much.”