Robinson: Why I Joined Edinburgh

ANDY ROBINSON admits he is_excited by the_fresh challenge of taking over as head coach of Edinburgh and revealed the club's potential was the factor that lured him to The Castle. The former England and Bath coach, the only coach of_ a northern hemisphere country to have won the World Cup, was officially announced as the club's new head coach on www.edinburghrugby.org and outlined what he plans to achieve at Edinburgh.

Robinson said: 'the key thing for me is seeing the vibrancy of the place and the enthusiasm there is for rugby. I"m very excited about that.

'the potential impressed me more than anything and the ability to grow and develop a side that can be successful in Europe. That is one of my main objectives and to play my part in the development of Scottish Rugby.

'the purpose of any rugby club is to inspire the city. I think that is a key part for us all as professionals. We want to inspire people to come and watch rugby and to be involved and support the club. That will be one of the challenges."

After inheriting a young squad from interim head coach Henry Edwards, Robinson admits he has been impressed with Edinburgh's opening two performances, at Leinster and Friday's home win over Ulster, of the Magners League season.

He said: "I was at Leinster and I watched the Ulster game on the television. I think the aspects that impressed me were the enthusiasm the team played with and the ability to attack in different ways.

"Ulster are a tough team to play against, so to achieve a result with the young squad we have got really impressed me. I think there is real potential for this squad to grow."

On the topic of the club's future player recruitment drive, Robinson was adamant that he would not be rushing into making any major changes and stressed he is only looking to sign players that will enhance the squad.

He said: "Obviously the international players have to come back as well. So at the moment, it is a great opportunity for young players to stake their case and for the first two games they have started to do that.

"For any player what they want to be given is the opportunity and then they have to take that opportunity. For the next two or three weeks it is about those players taking that opportunity.

"In terms of other players coming in, in professional sport you are always looking for people who can add to the squad. Whether they are young Scottish players or foreign players, you are constantly looking.

'that is what we"ll do and if the right person is available to bring in then those discussions will take place.

"But there won't be three or four players suddenly brought in on an ad hoc basis. It is about finding players who will add to Scottish Rugby, Edinburgh and the development of the game in Scotland as a whole. That is a key statement to make."

Scottish Rugby chief executive Gordon McKie backed the appointment of Robinson and said: 'today is a great day for Edinburgh, but it also a great day for Scottish Rugby. For us to be able to attract someone of Andy's experience and background is a coup.

"It is good in so far as it will energise the team to go to the next level and attract new players. I spoke to Frank Hadden this morning and he was absolutely thrilled that Andy is joining us to broaden our overall coaching team."

Meanwhile, Edinburgh Rugby's chief executive Nic Cartwright echoed those sentiments when he lauded Robinson's combination of enthusiasm and professionalism.

Cartwright said: Nic Cartwright said: "What impressed us most about Andy was his understanding that we need to build the club, the team and the organisation and establish that. He is very passionate and enthusiastic about helping the club grow."

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