Edinburgh Head Coach Richard Cockerill has dismissed any notion that FOSROC Super6 is not up to the required standard to develop players of the future.
Scotland prop Gordon Reid said recently the semi professional league is not good enough for young front row players, but Cockerill insisted on a Zoom call with the media this afternoon (Friday) that he does not believe that to be the case, while adding that he’ll look to the league for a Scottish qualified stand-off to fill the void left in his squad by Jono Lance’s signing falling through.
“I’ve seen a bit of criticism of Super6 over the last week or so – I think that’s a bit unfair.
“It’s a new competition and it’s one that will grow and get stronger and better. We’re six months into it. It could be stronger but that will develop over time and the only way to see if there’s players there is to go and find them and bring them out and give them the opportunity.
“Jamie Hodgson has come through that system and played for us in the past couple of seasons; [Rory] Darge and [Connor] Boyle have played a lot of Super6 rugby and they’re doing well.”
Cockerill admitted that the competition, ended before an inaugural winner was crowned due to the COVID-19 pandemic, has its flaws, but hopes that it will grow stronger as it is given more time.
“If we constantly just snipe and bitch at it, that’s what you’ll get, but if you work with it and see the strengths, there are some good players and it’ll get better the more we support it.
“I’ve got good relationships with the three clubs I deal with and I want to try and use those as an extended part of our squad. “
Meanwhile, the Edinburgh Head Coach also confirmed Sam Kitchen has signed a full-time deal with the club, but will be available to Ayrshire Bulls when he’s not required by the Capital club.
“Ayr were so keen on keeping him so if there’s an opportunity because he’s not needed by us, that’s where he is going to play his rugby as and when that is.
“If that means he turns up on a Friday night and just plays for them because he’s with us the rest of the time, he’s been that good for them that they would like to do that.
“I think that’s a fair deal if he wants to do that and so do they. I think that’s how Super6 should work and we’ve got good relationships with all our three teams – we use players to come in and train for their own experience and need on our part, and the three Super6 teams that are aligned to ourselves have been outstanding in that relationship – us giving players the opportunity to play, and them giving us players to back us.
“If you’re a Super6 player coming in and you get an opportunity to train with either of the pro teams, and there’s an opportunity to show yourself and get a pro contract, that’s a big incentive and I think the Super6 teams and the pro teams work well together.”
Image caption: Edinburgh Head Coach Richard Cockerill has refuted suggestions FOSROC Super6 is sub-standard for developing young players. Image credit: Fotosport/David Gibson