CALUM MacRae will bring five years as Edinburgh defence coach to an end later this month when he takes up the equivalent position with Benetton. During part of his playing career MacRae lived in Treviso, Benetton’s home city, and his return is for family reasons, according to a press release from Edinburgh. The search has begun for a replacement.
“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,” the release said. “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.
“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.
“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.”
Head coach Blair added: “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.”