Following the appointment of Richard Cockerill as the club’s Head Coach, former player, Calum MacRae, re-joined the club as Defence Coach following a successful tenure as Scotland 7s Head Coach.

MacRae moved back to the XVs game after successfully leading Scotland 7s on the HSBC Sevens World Series, which saw the team win an historic first World Rugby Sevens Series title in London in May 2016. MacRae played for the club between 2007 and 2009.

Hailing from the hometown of rugby sevens, Melrose in the Scottish Borders, and winning 13 caps himself on the IRB Sevens circuit, MacRae won 13 representative honours with Scotland A and played professionally with the Border Reivers, Edinburgh, Worcester Warriors and Venezia Mestre. Calum was a member of the Melrose Sevens squad who won the Kings of the Sevens title in season 1999-2000.

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