Magnus Bradbury stripped of the Edinburgh captaincy

Magnus Bradbury in action for Edinburgh. Picture: Bill Murray/SNS/SRU
Magnus Bradbury in action for Edinburgh. Picture: Bill Murray/SNS/SRU
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Magnus Bradbury has been stripped of the Edinburgh captaincy following an incident in the city centre in which he sustained a head knock which ruled him out of the European Challenge Cup match versus London Irish.

Bradbury, who is currently injured, was told to stay away from the club following the incident.

The 23-year-old had been given the captaincy by new head coach Richard Cockerill at the start of the season.

Cockerill has named lock forward Fraser McKenzie as Edinburgh’s new club captain with immediate effect.

“I’ve stood Magnus down as captain, because I’m not going to accept that behaviour from my captain away from the field,” said Cockerill. “The players are very aware of what I expect from them away from the field.

“They’re adults, and they have to make the right decisions. They know how to behave. If they choose to behave outside of that, then clearly I have to manage it.

“I’d much rather not be answering these questions and wasted my time on people that don’t behave themselves. I understand that humans make mistakes - I’ve been there myself as a player, I’m sure everybody in the room has been there at some point, waking up on a Sunday morning regretting what they’ve done on a Saturday night - that’s part of growing up.

“Magnus is no longer the captain of the team, and that’s his sanction for not being able to be trusted to manage his behaviour away from the field. I take it very seriously and I will continue to. I want guys that want to be part of the environment and contribute.

“Notwithstanding, I will help guys that get themselves into trouble, because people make mistakes. If we all got chucked aside after a mistake, none of us would be sat here now.”

Cockerill refused to comment on the situation regarding the disciplinary of another of his players - John Hardie, the openside flanker who was suspended from Edinburgh and Scotland duty on Friday.

“I’m not allowed to comment on that,” said the coach.

“I have a view on it, but at this point it’s not appropriate that I talk about it, unfortunately.

“I’d like all the players to be available to play, but that’s not how it is, so we get on with the playing parts and try to leave this distraction aside.

“I can’t comment on those things, I’m afraid.”

Cockerill admitted it wasn’t an ideal situation but insisted he was focusing on the job in hand and preparing his side to face Benetton in Italy this weekend.

“Look, of course it’s a distraction, because we’ve got two of our guys unavailable to play,” he said. “We’d all like them to be available to play but they’re not. That’s going to be a distraction in itself, but guys have stepped up and thankfully we’ve performed reasonably well, so other people get their opportunities and like anything life will go on.”