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Edinburgh bring in McGinty

Edinburgh Rugby have unveiled former Worcester Warriors assistant coach Billy McGinty as the club's new defence coach.

The Glasgow-born rugby league convert has over seven years experience as a defence coach in the English Premiership, most recently in a six-year spell with the Warriors.

Speaking at the club's conditioning and recovery base, David Lloyd Edinburgh, McGinty, said: "I'm delighted to have got the post and am really excited about what we can achieve."

He added: "I think I'll bring a lot of knowledge, experience and enthusiasm.

"I know how defence structures work and I'm looking forward to applying those to the way we play here - there'll be some fine tweaks and some slight changes to the way we defend.

"As a club we need to look at how we've performed in the past and acknowledge that we need to improve. I was very proud to coach the Scotland rugby league team and it's a great honour for me to be appointed as Edinburgh defence coach."

Edinburgh Rugby head coach, Michael Bradley, said: "In Billy we have a quality defensive coach with a skill element to back that up.

"We had some very good candidates, some overseas and some local, but the telling aspect for us was that he has a lot of current experience in rugby union at the highest level.

"He comes from a league background in a game synonymous with defence, so he's lived all of his life in this area and that was a big positive for us.

"Importantly for us he has the knowledge but also the passion to carry us to the next level and deliver a strong defensive solution for us, while his personality will transfer very well into our coaching team with Tom [Smith] and myself, fulfilling an assistant role within that set-up."


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