Edinburgh sign D’Arcy Rae on one-season deal

Ex-Warriors tighthead has one full Scotland cap from 2019

D'Arcy Rae
D'Arcy Rae at Hive Stadium, home of his new team Edinburgh. Image: Edinburgh Rugby.

EDINBURGH have signed former Warriors prop D’Arcy Rae for the rest of the season. The 28-year-old had been on a short-term deal with Montpellier after being released by Bath in the summer, and could now come up against the English club in Friday’s friendly at Hive Stadium.

Born in Irvine, Rae played for Ayr and Marr at club level before spending eight years with the Warriors from 2013. A Scotland Under-20 cap in 2013-14, he won his only senior cap to date against Ireland in the 2019 Six Nations. He headed south to Bath in the summer of 2021 and made 46 appearances for them.

“I’m really happy to have signed with Edinburgh Rugby,” the tighthead said.  “It’s great to be back in Scotland and I’m excited for a fresh challenge, with the new URC campaign just around the corner.

“The league has developed significantly since leaving Glasgow and with the addition of four massive South African sides to the competition, it’s definitely a new and improved championship that I want to test myself in.

“Edinburgh has a really strong squad and we have plenty of competition across the pack. I’m really eager to prove myself to both the club and the Edinburgh supporters in the coming months.

“To go against Bath this Friday night would be a brilliant experience. It’s my old club where I’ve made a lot of brilliant memories and connections – rugby is a small world and you couldn’t write that Bath would potentially be my first match in Edinburgh colours!”

Edinburgh’s senior coach Sean Everitt said: “We’re pleased to welcome D’Arcy to the club. He brings plenty of experience to the front-row group and he’ll be able to hit the ground running straight away as we prepare for Bath on Friday night and then our BKT United Rugby Championship opener away to Dragons.

“D’Arcy is a Scotland internationalist who has played a lot of rugby at the top level for both Glasgow and Bath in recent seasons. We’re really pleased with our front-row options on both sides of the scrum and that competition will only help improve our pack.”

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6 Comments

  1. Very pleased with this signing. D’arcy always looked a solid operator at Glasgow, he’s yet to reach prime-age for a front row,and it increases competition at club, potentially international level. He could do worse than training alongside WP and, much as I love Nel, he’s starting to creak a wee bit at international level; though perhaps not to the degree some have said. Wee bit of time in the saddle will hopefully bring Rae on.

  2. Very happy that we are strengthening our front row options, both from an Edinburgh and a Scotland point of view.

    Now we just need to find Sutherland a job for after the RWC!

  3. Good signing. I thought he had a case to make the RWC squad, and expect him to be back in it if Nel retires from international rugby.

  4. Should now be entering his prime as a prop, so its a good astute signing for Edinburgh. Good luck to him

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