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Last Updated: Tuesday, 5 September 2006, 11:02 GMT 12:02 UK
Edinburgh name Howells new coach
New Edinburgh head coach Lynn Howells
Howells has international experience with Wales
Edinburgh Gunners have made former Welsh assistant Lynn Howells their new head coach.

Howells, who has been with Italian side Leonessa for the last two years, said: "I am absolutely delighted to be coming to Edinburgh.

"I was extremely impressed from the beginning of the process with the directors' plans for Edinburgh Rugby.

"Edinburgh has a very talented squad and I am extremely excited about the prospect of working with them."

Edinburgh opened the Magners League campaign with a 17-11 defeat at the Ospreys on Saturday evening.

At international level, Lynn coached the Wales U21 and A teams before becoming assistant coach of the senior side between 1998 and 2001.

He was head coach for the Wales tour of Japan in the summer of 2001.

After spells in charge of Pontypridd and as a director of rugby at Celtic Warriors, he moved to Italy in 2004.

Alex Carruthers, Edinburgh's executive chairman, said: "I am delighted that we have been able to attract Lynn Howells.

"He brings with him extensive experience as a head coach, a proven track record of achievement in Celtic League rugby and experience of international rugby as the assistant coach of the Welsh national side.

"Lynn has qualities which we believe will further improve the performance of the Edinburgh squad utilising our experienced players together with the continued development of younger talent.

"He will assume responsibility for the running of the team with effect from 17 September."

Howells stressed he will be looking a Scottish influence to his backroom staff.

He said: "There needs to be a 'Scottishness' about the coaching staff, and, hopefully, the assistant coaches will be Scottish."


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