Rugby World Cup winner Neil Back joins Edinburgh

Rugby World Cup winner and three-time British and Irish Lions tourist Neil Back MBE has been appointed Edinburgh Rugby forwards coach on a two-year deal.

The former England internationalist arrives with nearly a decade of coaching experience, forged in each of his title-winning terms at Leicester Tigers, Leeds Carnegie and Rugby Lions.

In a 66-cap career that began 12 years ago at the home of his new club, Murrayfield Stadium, Back won a full house of rugby accolades, lifting four English Premiership and two Heineken Cup titles, on top of winning a British and Irish Lions Test series in South Africa, a RBS 6 Nations Grand Slam and a Rugby World Cup.

After England’s double cup year of 2003, Back spent two seasons as both Leicester captain and player-coach.

He retired from playing after his third British and Irish Lions tour in 2005 and was elevated to Tigers’ assistant coach for a further three seasons, completing a five year period in which the club made four Premiership finals – winning the title and reaching the Heineken Cup final in 2007.

To complement his coaching development, Back also took charge of the club’s academy, nurturing the formative years of current England internationalists Ben Youngs and Dan Cole.

After five seasons as an assistant coach Back secured the head coach role at Championship side Leeds Carnegie and, in his first season, won the league and promotion to the top flight.

Battling on a Championship budget, he consolidated the club’s position in the Premiership for a second season, however the club fell just short of a third when they were relegated by a single bonus point on the last day of the 2010/11 season.

He then accepted a new challenge to spearhead the resurgence of National League side, Rugby, where the club enjoyed a flawless championship, winning all 30 matches, the league, the domestic cup and promotion, before he accepted his latest role at Edinburgh Rugby.

Welcoming his arrival, head coach Michael Bradley, said: “I’m delighted to have secured Neil Back as our new forwards coach.

“There is a consistent thread of success throughout his playing and coaching career, his attention to detail is exceptional and he has already outlined clearly the standards he expects of himself and our squad.

“Technically he is very strong and his coaching credentials stand out as someone who gets the best out of players – a characteristic which, added to him being a consistent winner, makes him a very positive appointment for Edinburgh Rugby.

“If our forwards can embrace that sort of focus and commitment, something I think they crave, then Edinburgh Rugby will go from strength to strength.”

In an inspirational playing and coaching career, Back has celebrated domestic, European and international success, earning global recognition as a player who defied convention.

Despite being just 5’10” and 93kg, Back bucked the trend of modern professional back-row players, using his expertise at the breakdown and ferocious work-rate to characterise his playing career.

He said: “This role presents a fantastic challenge and I’m very grateful to get the opportunity at such a high-profile club.

“It’s a very exciting time for Edinburgh Rugby with a great squad, exciting new players arriving and some really positive performances to build on from last season.

“There are lots of elements to a rugby player, and to being in a position to technically and physically excel, so my coaching philosophy is to be meticulous in everything we do. It’s very much about the absolute fine detail needed to maximize your potential.

“All of this contributes to my love for the coaching and training environment. I’m a passionate coach. I’m 100% committed, 100% of the time, and I’m really looking forward to this challenge.”

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