The tireless, hard-working former Springbok assistant coach was yesterday unveiled as the new head coach of Edinburgh.
Allied to the earlier news that influential pivot Demetri Catrakilis will miss this weekend’s vital fixture as well as the continued absence of regular leaders Luke Watson and Andries Strauss, the Eastern Cape franchise’s morale has the potential to be eroded even further.
Solomons, who joined the union in 2010, has received widespread praise for the fervour and commitment with which he approached the task of setting structures in place for the Kings to compete in their first elite-level campaign this year and has seemingly taken on a similar developmental mission with the Scottish side.
“This is a very exciting role at a club which has a huge amount of potential,” he said.
“The ambition and desire of everyone involved with the club to do whatever it takes to build its success, and the plans being put in place to achieve that, are very impressive. I’m very much looking forward to arriving in Edinburgh, teaming up with my assistant Stevie Scott and meeting the challenges head on.”
However, it leaves mentorship continuity at the Kings in limbo to an extent as backline coach Brad Mooar also recently returned to New Zealand.
On the positive side, George Whitehead at this stage seems to be the only enforced change that will need to be made for the meeting with the Lions as no other major injuries have been reported.
Given that the bemoaned spurning of on-field opportunities in Port Elizabeth last week was a general flaw, not much tinkering to the line-up is expected.
The same can be said of the hosts, whose initial injury picture looks far less worrying.
Ross Cronje, a late withdrawal in the first-leg, seems to be making steady progress from his calf complaint and could be ready to fulfil the scrumhalf role with brother Guy, who’s conversion during the season to the role seems well-timed.