Chrystie joins as Academy Coach

Chrystie joins as Academy Coach

FOSROC Super6 Head Coach Rob Chrystie has been appointed as the club's new Academy Coach.

Chrystie will leave his current position as Head Coach of the Southern Knights at the end of the month to take up his new role in the Scottish capital from the start of December.

In his new appointment, he will have overall responsibility in developing the 15 FOSROC Scottish Rugby Academy players who are aligned to the capital club, helping to shape them as rugby players and prepare them for the highest levels of rugby.

On his appointment, Chrystie said: “I’m delighted to be taking up the Academy coaching position at Edinburgh Rugby. To have the opportunity to help shape and develop young players who are keen to learn their trade is something I’m passionate about.

“This has not been an easy decision to leave The Greenyards as I’ve loved my time with both Melrose Rugby and Southern Knights. I want to take this opportunity to thank Mike Dalgetty who has helped me endlessly and all the supporters for their amazing backing over these last nine years.

“I feel privileged to have worked with a great group of players during my time at Melrose and Southern Knights and I can't thank them enough for all their time and effort.

“Opportunities like this only come around occasionally and I feel that for both my career and my family this is the right move at this stage in my coaching journey.”

Chrystie has served as Head Coach to the Southern Knights since the inception of the team in the part-time professional FOSROC Super6 league, in 2019.

He has been influential in bringing together some of the best players in the Borders who want to move forward with their rugby. His Southern Knights squad were the most consistent team in the 2021 FOSROC Super6 recording only two losses before their defeat in the final to Ayrshire Bulls.

As a player, the former scrum-half played for his native Hawick, Melrose, Bath, Coventry, the Border Reivers as well as Scotland A.

Chrystie’s coaching career started at Melrose nine years ago as an assistant to Craig Chalmers and John Dalziel before taking over the Head Coaching role.

Alongside his role at Melrose, he was Head Coach of the Scotland Club XV for two seasons, while this season he supported Scotland U20 in their preparations for their Six Nations campaign as the squad’s skills coach.

Edinburgh Rugby Managing Director, Douglas Struth, said: "Rob's coaching pedigree at club level speaks for itself, while his reputation for being a forward-thinking and innovative young coach are attributes that really excite us.

"The development of our Academy players is hugely important and you only had to watch Scotland's win over Tonga to see that pathway in action, with Edinburgh Rugby Academy graduates Luke Crosbie and Jamie Hodgson both making their international debuts.

"Our young players will benefit massivley from Rob's expertise and overall knowledge of the game and I know he'll be excited to get started with us next month."

Edinburgh Rugby Head Coach Mike Blair added: “Rob [Chrystie] is a fantastic coach with a great track record of developing and nurturing young Scottish players. He’ll be a welcome addition to our coaching group and adds another dynamic to what is an already talented off-field team.

“Rob’s experience with Melrose, Southern Knights and several Scotland age-grade sides will be invaluable as he works with the next generation of Edinburgh Rugby players.

“We’re really looking forward to welcoming Rob to the club and I’m sure he’ll hit the ground running once in post."

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