Coaching team continues for 2018/19 season

Attack Coach Duncan Hodge and Assistant Forwards Coach Roddy Grant have today extended their contracts with the club for a further year, with another well-known former player joining the backroom staff.

As Defence Coach Callum MacRae enters the second year of a two-year contract, the new deals see Edinburgh’s coaching team in place and fully aligned for the 2018/19 Guinness PRO14 season and the club’s eagerly anticipated return to the Heineken Champions Cup.

The news follows on from the announcement that Head Coach Richard Cockerill has extended his contract until the summer of 2021.

The club can also confirm that former Scotland international back-row Alasdair Strokosch, who made 72 appearances for the capital club and 47 caps for his country, has joined the club’s strength and conditioning team.

Head Coach Richard Cockerill, said: “We’re really pleased that both Duncan and Roddy will continue in their coaching roles. They’ve played an integral role in helping develop our squad and will continue to do so this season and beyond.

“Alasdair [Strokosch] has a wealth of experience at the top level of rugby and his experience will pay dividends as he joins our talented strength and conditioning team.”

Attack Coach Hodge has overseen an offence that scored 494 points en route to securing a Guinness PRO14 Final Series berth for the first time in the club’s history.

The former Scotland stand-off, said: “I’m really excited to have extended my stay. It’s an exciting time to be part of the club, while we’re playing an expansive brand of rugby.

“There are good people, as well as a great structure in place and the club is in a really positive position. We have a lot of young, exciting players across the board and I can’t wait to build on the hard work of last year.

“Behind the scenes, we have a great coaching team in place and I’m looking forward to working with them for the foreseeable future.”

Club centurion Roddy Grant was the final appointment to Edinburgh’s coaching team as the back-row talisman stepped up from his position in the BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy to the role of Assistant Forwards Coach in May last year.

After a six-year playing career at BT Murrayfield, Grant has enjoyed a seamless transition into coaching and will now continue his development under Head Coach Richard Cockerill.

On penning a new deal, Grant said: “I’m obviously delighted to extend my stay at the club. We’ve got a great group of coaches here and I’ve enjoyed every minute of working alongside Richard, Duncan and Kitty [MacRae].

“With an exciting squad in place for the new season, I can’t wait to continue working with the players, while continuing my development as a coach.”

Strokosch began his career in Edinburgh – making 67 appearances in three seasons at BT Murrayfield – before joining English Premiership side Gloucester in 2007.

The back-row announced his retirement from rugby after helping USA Perpignan secure promotion back to the Top 14 last season and has now transitioned into the club’s backroom staff.