Billy McGinty appointed new defence coach at Edinburgh

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Interview - Edinburgh defence coach Billy McGinty

Edinburgh Rugby have appointed former rugby league international Billy McGinty as their new defence coach to assist head coach Michael Bradley.

Glasgow-born McGinty has seven years' coaching experience in the English Premiership, with Sale Sharks and as assistant at Worcester.

"I think I'll bring a lot of knowledge, experience and enthusiasm," he said.

"I know how defence structures work and I'm looking forward to applying those to the way we play here."

Capped four times for Great Britain, McGinty played in the dominant Wigan side of the late '80s and early '90s before coaching spells at Wigan, Huddersfield Giants and as head coach of the Scotland rugby league team from 2001 to 2003.

In 2003 he switched codes with a move to Sale Sharks then joined the Warriors after their promotion to the Premiership in 2004.

McGinty's role will help to fill the gap created by Nick Scrivener's departure after two years at Edinburgh, where he acted as an assistant coach specialising in defence before stepping up to cover for head coach Rob Moffat when he left the club.

"I'm delighted to have got the post and am really excited about what we can achieve," McGinty told the Edinburgh club's website.

"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."

Head coach Bradley described his assistant as "a quality defensive coach".

And he added: "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."