Hodge leaves Edinburgh Rugby
Edinburgh Rugby Assistant coach Duncan Hodge has today left the club after 12 seasons with the side across various roles.
The recent appointment of Mike Blair as Edinburgh Rugby Head Coach, himself a backs and attack specialist, has allowed for the club and former stand-off to part ways on amicable terms, as a reconstituted coaching team under Blair begins to take shape.
A club centurion, Duncan Hodge’s coaching connection began with Edinburgh back in 2007, when then Scotland Head Coach Frank Hadden enlisted his services as a part-time Specialist Coach across Edinburgh, Glasgow Warriors and the national team, a role which became full-time in 2012.
He was promoted to Assistant Coach in Vern Cotter’s Scotland set-up for a two-year spell, which included the national team’s route to the Rugby World Cup quarter-final, where they were edged out by Australia in the dying minutes.
He was also Assistant Coach for Scotland A’s 13-9 away win over England Saxons at Kingston Park during this time.
Hodge then returned to Edinburgh as Assistant Coach, where he has remained in post for the past five seasons, including a short spell as Interim Head Coach.
Duncan Hodge said: “I have greatly enjoyed my time coaching in various roles in Scottish Rugby over the past 14 years.
“It has allowed me the opportunity to work across a wide range of age groups and playing levels, and to develop my knowledge and experience through working with 11 different Head Coaches throughout the period.
"I feel extremely lucky to have worked with some world class coaches, players, and teams and thank them for their support over the years.
“Coaching at three Rugby World Cups, competing in PRO14 and Heineken Cup semi and quarter finals along with seeing so many Edinburgh players recently progress to Scotland honours has certainly given me plenty of fond memories to look back on.
“I look forward to using this experience as I move on to new opportunities in the next stage of my career.
“Finally, I would like to wish Mike and the rest of the team all the very best for the upcoming season and beyond.”
Edinburgh Rugby Managing Director, Douglas Struth, said: “I would like to thank Duncan for the considerable and lasting contribution he has made to the club and its players across various roles.
“As a player, Hodgey captained the club, and as a coach he has played a major role in the development of scores of Edinburgh and Scotland players over the years.
“We would like to express our sincere respect and gratitude for everything he has done for the club.”
Edinburgh Rugby Head Coach, Mike Blair, said: “Duncan deserves a lot of credit for his part in developing quality Edinburgh players for the club and the national team over the years. Everyone at the club thanks him and wishes him well.”