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Scrivener to quit Edinburgh

Nick Scrivener has pulled out of the running to become Edinburgh head coach on a long-term basis.

The Australian, who took over on an interim basis following Rob Moffat's departure in January, has revealed he will return to his homeland at the end of the season.

Scrivener, who joined the club as defence coach in the summer of 2009, said: "My wife and daughters have made huge sacrifices to support me in the last couple of years, and having had the chance to further discuss our future with them, I've chosen to withdraw my application and head back to Australia."

He added: "This has been a massively difficult call to make, because I've thoroughly enjoyed my time at Edinburgh and feel I've progressed as a coach through working with different people and in different competitions."

He added: "I've met some great individuals both among the squad and the management team, and I've got faith in their ability to take the club forward.

"I'm a rugby man, but first and foremost I'm a family man.

Edinburgh chief executive Craig Docherty said: "We respect Nick's decision and his desire to be closer to his young family.

"The process of identifying and appointing a permanent head coach is ongoing, and we're working extremely hard to bring in an individual who will ensure the club keeps progressing."

Scrivener had tasted defeat in his first four matches in charge but his side beat Ospreys 23-16 on Saturday and the former Australia A coach wants to end his spell in Scotland on a high.

"My focus now is on helping Edinburgh follow up Saturday's great result against the Ospreys by winning our last four Magners League games," he said.


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