Richard Cockerill, the new Edinburgh Rugby Head Coach, wants to create “a culture, an environment and an identity” at the club as he gets ready to lead them into 2017/18.
The former England hooker, who coached Leicester Tigers for over a decade, was appointed to the role back in February and after relocating from France where he was working with Toulon he has been running the rule over his new squad of late.
He is working alongside Backs Coach Duncan Hodge, Assistant Forwards Coach Roddy Grant, Defence Coach Calum MacRae and Head of Rugby Operations Matt Cornwell.
Last year the team stuttered to just six wins in the Guinness PRO12 to finish ninth out of 12 in the table while they were knocked out of the European Rugby Challenge Cup by La Rochelle in the last eight.
Speaking to the club’s official website, the 46-year-old said: “The challenge for me here is a very different one from the English Premiership and a short stint at Toulon.
“There is a lot to improve here, but there are a lot of good players. Clearly things have not been going as well as people would like, but that is the challenge.
“It comes back to hard work, training hard on the pitch, training hard in the gym and making sure that all your bits of detail are good whether that is cleaning your plates away in the dining hall, wearing the right kit, your timekeeping, your mindset regarding gym work and fitness – every bit of detail and hard work matters, they have to be driven home every day and I will keep on at the coaches and the players about that.
“Eventually that will get us to a point where everyone is doing it each day without even thinking about it.
“The new S&C Coach [Nick Lumley] is driving the boys hard and every day we are making sure our discipline and work ethic is right.
“It is not going to be an instant fix, it will take a little while, but hopefully we are on the right road.”
“It is the first time I have worked with Duncan and Calum while I have brought in Roddy and they are good guys and they enjoy what they do.
“There is an energy and buzz about the coaches and the players and we are here to enjoy ourselves, but to enjoy ourselves we have to work hard and get some of that detail right.
“Every quote that I have seen on the walls I have had it taken down for now because it means nothing to us. What matters at the moment is turning up on time, right kit, working hard and then we will get tomorrow right and over time that will breed a culture, an environment and an identity that we need to find because nobody can actually tell me what that is at the moment.”
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