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Back takes up Edinburgh coaching role

Edinburgh have appointed Neil Back as the club's new forwards coach on a two-year deal.

Back had a distinguished playing career and was part of the England team that lifted the Rugby World Cup in 2003, as well as being an integral member of Leicester Tigers for over a decade.

After playing his last match in 2005 Back, 43, had stints as head coach of both Leeds and Rugby Lions after initially working in the coaching set-up at Welford Road.

Edinburgh finished 11th in the RaboDirect Pro 12 standings last season and Back will hope his input can push the Scottish side further up the table, with the club's head coach Michael Bradley happy with the new arrival.

He said: "I'm delighted to have secured Neil Back as our new forwards coach.

"There is a consistent thread of success throughout his playing and coaching career, his attention to detail is exceptional and he has already outlined clearly the standards he expects of himself and our squad.

"Technically he is very strong and his coaching credentials stand out as someone who gets the best out of players - a characteristic which, added to him being a consistent winner, makes him a very positive appointment for Edinburgh Rugby.

"If our forwards can embrace that sort of focus and commitment, something I think they crave, then Edinburgh Rugby will go from strength to strength."

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