Bradley to bolster Scotland's World Cup bid
May 4, 2011
New Edinburgh coach Michael Bradley is set to have a conversation with Scotland boss Andy Robinson © PA Photos
Newly-appointed Edinburgh coach Michael Bradley is set to provide Scotland with an invaluable insight ahead of their Rugby World Cup campaign.
Bradley, who yesterday was announced as Edinburgh boss on a two-year deal, was technical advisor to Georgia after leading Irish province Connacht for seven years. Scotland play Georgia in Rugby World Cup Pool B in Invercargill on September 14 and coach Andy Robinson is sure to seek former Ireland scrum-half Bradley's advice.
"I'm sure Andy and I will be having a discussion about that," Bradley told PA Sport. "Georgia are going to be formidable in the World Cup, they're a very strong unit. They've got a lot of confidence - they've won their last seven games - so they're going to be a difficult side for everybody in the World Cup."
The global tournament will mean Edinburgh have a reduced playing pool at the start of next season, but Bradley is unfazed and believes it is an opportunity for the fringe players to perform.
"The more Edinburgh rugby players involved in the national squad the better," he said. "At the start of the season the opportunities will be for the other players in the squad to put a flag down and say this is how I can perform. It's up to the other players to win back their places."
The longer-term target for Bradley is to develop a winning mentality. Edinburgh recorded Magners League wins over Heineken Cup finalists Leinster, Ulster and Ospreys this season, but are eighth in the table ahead of tomorrow's final match of the campaign at Benetton Treviso.
"As a side the potential is there and it's up to me as head coach to bring that out in the guys in the next few years. If we can get consistency next year that is something we'll be striving for."
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