Wilkins excited by new role

The backroom team at Edinburgh Rugby has been enhanced with the recent addition of Defence Coach, in the shape of Peter Wilkins [below, centre]

The UK-born and bred Durham University graduate began his coaching journey with the RFU before moving to Australia where he progressed within the Queensland Reds from Regional Rugby Manager to Defence Coach.

During his time in Brisbane he was also Head Coach of Queensland A and Defence Coach of Queensland Country.

In June this year, Peter and his young family returned home to the UK as he took up the role with the capital club.

In addition to his position within the squad, he has also been sharing his skills with regional club coaches at workshops and younger local players at Edinburgh Rugby development camps.

Wilkins said: “There are a lot of subtle differences between the sport here and in Australia – the rugby programme, the working week and the style of rugby – but the fundamentals remain the same.

“Whether that’s on the coaching field, in terms of getting best practice and getting results from the players, or whether that’s culturally in and around the club, it’s similar the world over.”

This particular part of the globe is a place Peter knows well off the field, too.

He said: “My father’s side of the family come from South Lanarkshire and Montrose and I’ve had a lot of good experiences in Edinburgh both on rugby tours and on visits so it’s a part of the world I’m very excited to have the opportunity to live in.

“Most importantly for me was the opportunity to join a club that’s improved significantly over the last few years and has a huge amount of potential moving forward. To be able to join the rugby programme at this stage is very exciting and I’m really looking forward to playing a part in taking the club forward.”

Head coach Alan Solomons said: "It is great to have Peter on board. The position of Defence Coach is key to us as we look to progress and Peter, with Super Rugby experience under his belt, will no doubt add huge value in this important sphere of the game.”

Assistant coach Stevie Scott said: “Peter will be a great addition to the coaching team. He brings solid experience from the Super Rugby competition and will make a good impact on the players this season.”