Oban’s Magnus Bradbury stripped of team captaincy

Guinness PRO12, RDS, Dublin 31/10/2014 Leinster vs Edinburgh Leinster's Steve Crosbie tackles Magnus Bradbury of Edinburgh Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

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Oban rugby star Magnus Bradbury has been tipped to lead Edinburgh again after being stripped of the team’s captaincy.

Magnus, 22, was removed from the role by coach Richard Cockerill after a night out earlier this month ended with him drunk, unconscious and requiring an ambulance.

But his successor as team leader, Fraser McKenzie, said Magnus will be captain again in the future.

Cockerill appointed second row McKenzie, 29, as skipper for the rest of the season earlier this week.

McKenzie told The Scotsman: ‘Magnus is a fantastic person, a good guy. He has made a mistake but he is a young guy.

‘He has been put into a position where he is captain. I thought that was the right decision but he has made this mistake and he has paid the price. He knows that and he will address the team himself this week. He is back in training and I have no doubt that it will be a positive reaction from him.

‘He is a great player on the field and that is what I want to see from Magnus. I wanted to see him coming back, proving a point and getting into the Scotland stuff. Eventually, Magnus will come back and he will be captain for Edinburgh and maybe go further but that is on him making good decisions and learning from his mistakes.

‘It is not all bad. I think mistakes will help propel him potentially into a better mindset and will only help his onfield stuff as well.’

Cockerill had earlier said: ‘Magnus was under the influence of alcohol, which is inappropriate and, unfortunately for him, he fell over and knocked himself out. I don’t think it is the right image for any of our players to portray.

‘Being inebriated lying on the floor in the centre of town with an ambulance next to you is not a picture we want to portray. He has been sanctioned and accepted the consequences and we move on.’