Edinburgh coach Richard Cockerill believes flanker Magnus Bradbury is ready to help Scotland address a back row injury crisis.

The 23 year old marked his return from four months on the side lines in style on Friday night. Bradbury bagged one of Edinburgh’s five tries in a 34-17 Guinness PRO14 win over Dragons at BT Murrayfield. And he earned the man of the match award with a solid all round contribution. Cockerill was also impressed.

“I thought he had a big shift. As the game went on, he seemed to grow stronger and stronger. I’m delighted that he is back. He has worked very hard to get himself fit”, said Cockerill. “He’s had three or four weeks of really good training – credit to himself and the medics and conditioners to get him into a good state.”

Among those watching the game was Scotland coach Gregor Townsend. He is looking for solutions to a problem that worsened last week when Ryan Wilson joined the injury list. Among those already absent are John Barclay, Hamish Watson, Sam Skinner, John Hardie and Dave Denton. Against that backdrop, Bradbury could be set for a return.

Cockerill believes that Bradbury is in good shape to add to his tally of four international caps.

“Physically he is ready. He’s got a game under his belt. And, with Scotland’s injury issues at the moment in the back row, you’d imagine that he’ll be in the mix.”

The player has impressed Cockerill with his current fitness.

“When you are not playing and your body is not getting bashed it gives you an opportunity to do a bit more in the gym”, added the coach. “He’s a little bit skinnier but a bit heavier so he is looking in great nick. He is a couple of kilos heavier but he has had the opportunity of looking after himself really well.”

 

Written by Colin Renton

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