Tait well suited for Edinburgh as Mouneimne exits

Alan Tait. Picture: Neil Hanna
Alan Tait. Picture: Neil Hanna
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Edinburgh Rugby defence coach Omar Mouneimne, who quit this week, could be heading back to former team Eastern Province Kings, it has been claimed.

Mouneimne resigned citing “personal reasons” but – coincidentally – the Port Elizabeth-based Herald newspaper is pointing out that the existing Kings defence coach has just moved on. It also quotes “rugby insiders” tipping Mouneimne to fill the vacancy.

As for Edinburgh, the official line is that building blocks have been put in place and that no upheaval is required.

“He worked hard with the boys and helped me put good structures for the season in place” said head coach Alan Solomons.

However, there is growing belief that the job could be a perfect fit for the vastly experienced Alan Tait who was in charge of Scotland’s defence until things started to go wrong for national coach Frank Hadden.

After leaving that post, Tait became a head coach at Newcastle, but on his departure made it clear he would prefer specialist roles in future. In September, Tait was appointed to work alongside coaches at Scottish rugby academies currently under construction.

Meanwhile, in Sunday’s home game with Cardiff, Scotland centre Matt Scott will be included for the first time this season and flanker Roddy Grant returns from injury.