Magnus Bradbury credits team culture for his impressive form

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Magnus Bradbury believes that Mike Blair’s positive influence on the Edinburgh camp and its ethos has been crucial in taking his performances to a new level.

Bradbury has been in red hot form in the United Rugby Championship for his side, who sit near the top of the table.

The loose forward credits part of his growth to the positive and balanced team culture built by Blair since taking over from Richard Cockerill as Edinburgh’s head coach.

Attacking impetus

He said: “I’ve been really pleased with the way I’ve been playing recently. I feel I’ve played some good rugby. It’s credit to the coaching staff as well, the way things have changed in terms of giving boys like me more time with ball in hand.

“It’s a great place to be if you want to play good attacking rugby. It’s hard work but I’ve been thrilled with it. It’s all falling into place nicely.

“I feel like I’ve grown quite a lot this season. As a team, everybody’s got a chance to express themselves.

“The training is good. I wasn’t against the way Cockers did things in the previous couple of years, but there is more of a focus on fun this year, and that probably makes quite a lot of the boys look forward to training a bit more.

“Even in pre-season, when you know it’s going to be brutal, I was looking forward to going into training. It’s good to have that feeling because it helps the whole team if everyone is in a good head-space.”

Edinburgh, who won their last five matches in all competitions before Christmas, return to action at home to Cardiff this Saturday after their two matches against Glasgow were postponed following an outbreak of Covid in the Scotstoun camp.

Bradbury said: “It’s quite frustrating that we’ve not had a chance to try and build on our form, but we just have to deal with it as best we can.

“We’re disappointed the big games were off but it’s given us a chance to work on things we might not otherwise have done. We’ve been training hard so hopefully we won’t have lost any of our form and hopefully we can put it into play on Saturday.”

Gareth Baber keen to make his mark at Edinburgh

Meanwhile, Gareth Baber arrives at Edinburgh as a “skills and assistant attack coach” as he makes the shift to 15-a-side rugby after five years at the helm of the very successful Fijian sevens side.

Baber’s stint with the Fijians was formidable, typified by their victorious campaign at the Olympics in Tokyo last year.

The Welshman looks to use his skillset to add value to a developing Edinburgh side led by their head coach, Mike Blair.

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