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Potential at Edinburgh excites Vern Cotter

Andrew Lawton

26 Oct 2016

Scotland coach Vern Cotter has praised the young talent at Edinburgh Rugby after a recent up-turn in form from the Guinness PRO12 club.

Cotter, who leaves his post at the end of the RBS 6 Nations, also tipped his hat to interim coach Duncan Hodge after highlighting the Edinburgh style of play in a press conference.

Scotland face Australia, Argentina and Georgia during November with eight Edinburgh players being named in the 31-man Scotland squad.

And the coach admitted he’d been impressed by what he had seen from Edinburgh in particular back rowers Magnus Bradbury, who has been invited to train with the squad, and Hamish Watson.

“Magnus has come through. We’ve seen him progress his game,” he said.

“Three months ago I probably would have said he wouldn’t be involved but seeing the progress he has made has been great.

“And I’d say Hamish [Watson] has made progress as well. I think his game is developing.

“It’s exciting times at Edinburgh with young players coming through.”

Cotter also picked out Blair Kinghorn, who missed out on the squad, as someone who has flourished under Hodge’s stint at Edinburgh with the squad playing a more expansive game.

“I think it’s important to have a game where a player can express himself,” he added.

“I thought the game against Harlequins was a good game. There are certainly things they’ll want to tidy up but seeing players take initiative is important.

“Look at Blair Kinghorn. We considered and looked at him. He played very well last week. We’d like him to back up a few more games like that before he becomes involved.”

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