MacRae to join Benetton

MacRae to join Benetton

​Edinburgh Rugby Defence Coach Calum MacRae will leave the club later this month due to family circumstances and will take up the same position with Italian URC side Benetton.

MacRae will make the move ahead of the 2022/23 season as he takes up an opportunity in Treviso, where he lived as a player during his time at Venezia Mestre in 2010

MacRae said: “As a family, we needed a change and the opportunity arising at this point with Benetton felt like it was the right match for us.

“Having previously lived in Treviso, I have a strong connection to that area and I am excited to be continuing my coaching career with the Benetton family.

“I’d like to thank Mark Dodson, Douglas Struth and Edinburgh Rugby for facilitating this move at short notice. It’s a decision I haven’t taken lightly and one my family and I have given a great deal of thought to.

“On a personal note, I want to express how much I have enjoyed working with Mike [Blair], Stevie [Lawrie] and Gareth [Baber] this year and feel that I am leaving the club in a strong position having played a part in qualifying for the Champions Cup again next season.

“I have every faith that the club will continue to go from strength to strength under Mike.”

MacRae originally joined the club in 2017 following three years as Scotland 7s Head Coach – during which time the side claimed back-to-back London Sevens titles.

Under his tutelage, the capital club have fostered a formidable rear guard, recording the fewest 22m entries in the URC this season.

Head Coach Mike Blair praised MacRae’s impact on the club and said: “I’ve enjoyed working with Kitty this season. He’s developed into a very good coach and has certainly had a big impact on how we’ve performed this past year.

“When Kitty approached me recently to discuss the move, it was clear this was a decision he’s not taken lightly.

“I want to thank Kitty for his hard work and dedication during his time in Edinburgh. He’ll be missed by all the management, staff and players.

Edinburgh Rugby Managing Director Douglas Struth, added: “While we’re obviously disappointed to see Kitty move on after five great seasons in Edinburgh, he does so with the full blessing of the club.

“It was clear that the he and his family were keen to experience a new lifestyle, and he’s fortunate that a new opportunity has arisen in Treviso to accommodate this.

“All of us at the club have enjoyed working with Kitty and we wish him and his family the very best as they settle into a new home.”

MacRae continued: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with Edinburgh Rugby over the last five years and eight years total working with Scottish Rugby.

“In this time, I have had the opportunity to learn and develop under some great coaches, including Scott Johnson during my time with Scotland 7s, Richard Cockerill and more recently Mike [Blair].

“I’ve also benefitted from working with some outstanding people in the playing group who have taught me a huge amount over the years and I can definitely see myself returning to coach in Scotland one day if circumstances allow.”

“I also want to thank the Edinburgh fans for their brilliant support over the years. My family and I have thoroughly enjoyed our time at the club.”

The squad will break for the close season at the end of this week and Edinburgh Rugby will now begin a recruitment process for a new Defence Coach.

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