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Southern Kings Boss Solomons linked to Edinburgh




Southern Kings Director of Rugby Alan Solomons has been linked with a position out of Super Rugby and with Edinburgh in the Celtic Pro 12 League.

Scotland Rugby Union chief executive Mark Dodson is currently in South Africa with the Scotland team for their three match tour which includes a match against the Springboks this weekend.

Dodson has met with a handful of southern hemisphere coaches while in South Africa and Solomons is said to be their first choice to take charge of Edinburgh as head coach.

Sixty-two-year-old Solomons made a name for himself in coaching with Western Province and the Stormers and went on to become Springbok coach Nick Mallett’s assistant.

While Dodson has refused to comment, SRU director of communications and public affairs Dominic McKay told the Scotsman newspaper, “We have met a number of different coaches in recent weeks and months and continue to discuss the Edinburgh Rugby position with experienced coaches who we believe could help us to bring success to the club and to develop Scottish coaches, which we have said is our stated aim.”

“We said that we would scour the world for coaches of the quality and desire to make a difference to Edinburgh Rugby, but these discussions are ongoing, not only in South Africa, so at this moment in time we cannot comment further,” he told the Scotsman.

Solomons has experience in Celtic Rugby as he coached Ulster in 2001 and under his guidance they enjoyed a three year unbeaten record at home in the Heineken Cup.

Solomons then moved to Northampton where he succeeded Wayne Smith in 2004 but was sacked after eight games as the club dropped to the foot of the table.

The Southern Kings Director of Rugby then had coaching stints with the IRB around the world and also took charge of the Barbarians against the British and Irish Lions in 2009 before returning to South Africa where he joined the Southern Kings and has brought in Kiwi Matt Sexton as coach.

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