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Kevin Bryce keen to relaunch career as tighthead at Edinburgh

Published 20/09/2016

Edinburgh forward Kevin Bryce, pictured centre, is hopeful he can regain his Scotland place
Edinburgh forward Kevin Bryce, pictured centre, is hopeful he can regain his Scotland place

Kevin Bryce is determined to learn all he can from Edinburgh team-mate WP Nel but knows his future depends on creating his own scrummaging style.

The former Glasgow front-rower has swapped not only clubs after moving to Murrayfield in the summer but positions to after shifting from hooker to tighthead.

He decided to make the double change after becoming frustrated with his lack of playing opportunities at Warriors and made his debut off the bench in last week's frustrating Guinness PRO12 defeat to Leinster.

But the three-cap Scotland international faces just as tough a job breaking into Alan Solomons' starting XV, where Dark Blues prop Nel has made himself a firm fixture.

Bryce, however, sees the South Africa-born forward as the perfect man to teach him the secrets of tighthead play.

The 28-year-old confessed he is still trying to find his feet in his new role but believes he will be walking tall as soon as he discovers a method which suits him best.

He said: " There were a lot of factors in the move from Glasgow to Edinburgh. It wasn't as easy as moving to another club and that was it.

"A lot of game time is what I'm looking for as I never got many breaks at Glasgow.

"And I got my chance on Friday when I made my debut so hopefully that will continue. 'Solly' and our forwards coach Steve Scott have got big belief in me at tighthead and say I'm going to do well.

"Now I'm just buying into what they say.

"I know there are some good players here but speaking to the coaches I just felt that I had a better chance of playing here.

"There are guys like WP here and hopefully I can learn from him. He starts week in week out for Edinburgh and is a big part of the national team and working with him is priceless. He's been really good to me so far.

" Making the positional switch has been such a big learning curve but I knew it would not be easy. There are good days and dark days but you just have to shelve the bad ones and move on.

"It's been baby steps to begin with. I now need to find my own feet. I've been taking feedback from players and coaches but WP is WP and I'm Kevin Bryce. I have to find a way that suits myself.

"At the end of the day, the tighthead is the cornerstone of the scrum and if I'm not doing my job, I'm not going to get picked to play.

"Ultimately my aim is to get back into the Scotland set-up but for now it's about Edinburgh. If I take the 15-20 minutes that I get - or if WP is away and I'm fortunate to start - then I'll just keep building."

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