Alan Solomons

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Alan Solomons
Personal information
Born (1950-07-31) 31 July 1950 (age 66)
School(s) attended Grey High School
University University of Cape Town
Teams coached
Years Team
1997 Western Province
1997–2000 South Africa
1998 Stormers
1998–1999 Western Province
1999–2001 Stormers
2001–2004 Ulster
2003 Barbarians
2004 Northampton Saints
2009–2012 Kings
2009–2012 Eastern Province Kings
2010–2011 Barbarians
2013 Kings
(Director of Rugby)
2013 Eastern Province Kings
(Director of Rugby)
2013–2016 Edinburgh

* Senior club appearances and points correct as of 30 July 2013.

‡ Representative team caps and points correct as of 30 July 2013.

Alan Solomons (born 31 July 1950 in Uitenhage, South Africa) is a rugby union coach, who was recently the head coach at Edinburgh.


After studying law at the University of Cape Town, Solomons practised law for 20 years where he was a partner at Sonnenberg,Hoffmann & Galombik.In 1997 he left law to pursue a professional rugby coaching career as assistant coach for Western Province (winners of Currie Cup),The Stormers & the Springboks.

In 1998 he was appointed head coach of Western Province(Currie Cup finalists) and in 1999 head coach of the Stormers(home semi finalists in 1999),a position he held until 2001.He remained as assistant Springbok coach working with head coach,Nick Mallett until 2001(Tri Nations winners 1998,world record 17 unbeaten Test run & 3rd placed at RWC 1999).

In 2001, he joined Irish rugby team Ulster, where he coached them for 3 seasons during which time they won the Celtic Cup (2004),were runners up in the Celtic League(2004),lost only 1 home match in 3 seasons & moved from 37th ranking in Europe to 10th. In 2004 he was voted Northern Ireland Sports Manager of the year & Rugby Personality of the year.

After a short spell as head coach of Northampton,he joined the IRB as High Performance consultant,a position he held until 2010.During this time,he was seconded for a year(2006) to USA Rugby as Director of Rugby.

He was also the Barbarians coach in 2003 when they defeated England,Scotland & Wales and assistant coach to Nick Mallett when the Sprinboks & All Blacks were defeated in 2010 & 2011.

In June 2009 he coached the Southern Kings in their debut match against The British & Irish Lions and in 2010 he was appointed Director of Rugby & head coach of both the Southern & EP Kings.He remained with the Kings until 2013 and led them to 2 Currie Cup Div1 titles(unbeaten in 2012) and as the SA Kings won the IRB Nations Cup in 2011.As Director of Rugby (Matt Sexton worked under him as head coach) he led the Kings in their debut Super Rugby season in 2013 (best ever debut season)

In 2013, he was appointed as the head coach of Edinburgh Rugby.[1] In the 2014–2015 season, Edinburgh won the 1872 Cup derby against Glasgow Warriors for the 1st time in 6 years and became the first Scottish team to play in a European Rugby final.

On 28 September 2016, Solomons stepped down from is position at Edinburgh four weeks into the 2016–2017 season.[2]


  1. ^ "Solomons appointed head coach" (Press release). Edinburgh Rugby. 30 July 2013. Retrieved 30 July 2013. 
  2. ^ "Hodge appointed Acting Head Coach as Solomons steps down" (Press release). Edinburgh Rugby. 28 September 2016. Retrieved 29 September 2016.