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Bradley to offer Georgia insight


Michael Bradley

Michael Bradley

Michael Bradley

Michael Bradley's first job as Edinburgh head coach will be to brief Scotland boss Andy Robinson on the dangers of Georgia.

Bradley was technical advisor to Georgia and, with Scotland playing the eastern Europeans in Rugby World Cup Pool B in Invercargill on September 14, Robinson is sure to seek the former Ireland scrum-half's advice.

The new Edinburgh boss said: "I'm sure Andy and I will be having a discussion about that. Georgia are going to be formidable in the World Cup, they're a very strong unit. They've got a lot of confidence - they've won their last seven games - so they're going to be a difficult side for everybody in the World Cup."

The global tournament will mean Edinburgh have a reduced playing pool at the start of next season, but Bradley is unfazed and believes it is an opportunity for the fringe players to perform.

He added: "The more Edinburgh rugby players involved in the national squad the better.

"At the start of the season the opportunities will be for the other players in the squad to put a flag down and say this is how I can perform.

"It's up to the other players to win back their places."

The longer-term target for Bradley is to develop a winning mentality.

Edinburgh recorded Magners League wins over Heineken Cup finalists Leinster, Ulster and Ospreys this season, but are eighth in the table ahead of tomorrow's final match of the campaign at Benetton Treviso.

He added: "As a side the potential is there and it's up to me as head coach to bring that out in the guys in the next few years. If we can get consistency next year that is something we'll be striving for."

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