Robertson returns as Head of Strength & Conditioning
Edinburgh Rugby is delighted to announce former winger, Scottish Rugby Hall of Fame inductee and Olympic Silver Medallist, Mark Robertson, will return to the club as Head of Strength and Conditioning.
Robertson returns to familiar surroundings – having made 44 appearances for the capital club between 2007 and 2011 – and joins from French Top 14 side ASM Clermont Auvergne, having been part of their strength and conditioning team since 2019.
Robertson developed his strength and conditioning skills as Lead Coach in the Borders & East Lothian Academy from 2017 where he played an integral role in bringing through several academy graduates.
The former Scotland 7s internationalist was then part of the national team set-up, where he was a key member of the Strength and Conditioning team during the 2017 Autumn Nations Tests, 2018 Six Nations Championship and Summer Tour to the Americas.
Robertson has been with ASM Clermont Auvergne since 2019 where has led and developed the team’s off-field Strength and Conditioning programme, helping Les Jaunards to back-to-back top-six finishes in the Top 14.
Robertson said: “It’s special to be joining a club that I have so many great memories from as a player.
“I’ve watched from a distance as the club has gone from strength to strength on and off the pitch and I’m delighted to be part of its continued growth as a staff member.
“I’m excited to link up with an energetic and creative group of staff. It’s clear to see they’re creating a unique way of preparing the team and I’m looking forward to adding to this.
“The playing group has a great mix of experienced players playing at the top of their game and highly aspirational youngsters. They’ve already shown they can deliver at the highest level and it’s exciting to know they’ve not yet reached their potential. I can’t wait to get started.”
Robertson graduated with a Sport & Exercise Science degree from Edinburgh Napier in 2007, before completing his Masters at the University of Edinburgh in 2012.
The former Melrose star joined Edinburgh Rugby in 2007 – having originally been on an apprentice contract at the Border Reivers – and progressed to claim a regular place in the capital club’s starting XV during the 2009/10 season.
After leaving Edinburgh in 2011, Robertson developed into one of Scotland 7s’ finest players. He featured at 57 World Rugby Sevens Series events during his time on the circuit, scoring 106 tries, to place him fourth on the side’s all-time try-scorer list.
Robertson was part of the Scotland squad that won the London Sevens in 2016 – Scotland’s first-ever Cup victory on the circuit – before being named in the GB 7s squad for the 2016 Rio Olympics, where he claimed a Silver medal alongside current Edinburgh centre, Mark Bennett.
Robertson signed off his career in London as Scotland claimed a second straight Cup victory at Twickenham, hanging up his playing boots in 2017.
Head Coach Mike Blair, said: “I’m delighted to appoint Mark as our new Head of Strength and Conditioning. We played together at Edinburgh and then worked together with Scotland, so I’ve seen first-hand how dedicated and passionate he is.
“He really energised me with his growth mind set, while finding alternative ways to do things with the rugby programme at the forefront of his mind.
“Mark brings a wealth of experience to the role having really developed as a coach with Scotland and then Clermont, while the strong foundations put in place by Nick Lumley will allow Mark to develop and continually drive forward our Strength and Conditioning programme.”