EDINBURGH RUGBY have appointed South African Sean Everitt as “senior coach” subject to visa. He has been handed a one-year deal which brings him into line with the contracts of the assistant coaches already on the books.
The 53-year-old, who specialises in attack and backline, will head-up a backroom team consisting of Stevie Lawrie (forwards), Michael Todd (defence) and Rob Chrystie (who has been promoted from academy manager to assistant attack and skills coach).
Everitt has joined the capital outfit with immediate effect. His most recent role was with the Vodacom Bulls, where he has been a consultant since February, having previously spent three seasons with the Cell C Sharks, working with the likes of Siya Kolisi and Lukhanyo Am, before being sacked following a 35-0 a humiliating defeat to Cardiff Blues last November. He was a member of the Sharks organisation for 15 years in total between 2007 and 2022).
The club’s newly formed coaching structure will also see Steve Diamond continue as ‘Lead Rugby Consultant’ during the pre-season programme “to allow for a period of support and transition as Everitt takes the reins in the Scottish capital”.
“I’m honoured and delighted to be afforded a coaching opportunity at Edinburgh Rugby,” said Everitt. “Edinburgh has a proud history and I’m privileged to be part of their successful journey toward becoming a top club in Europe.
“I’d like to thank Mark Dodson [Scottish Rugby CEO], Jim Mallinder [Scottish Rugby Performance Director], and Douglas Struth [Edinburgh Rugby Managing Director] for the confidence they have in my ability as a coach. My family and I are excited and are looking forward to our future in Edinburgh.”
Dodson indicated that further appointments could be on the cards in the weeks and months ahead.
“We are very pleased to be bringing a coach of Sean’s experience and approach to Edinburgh for the coming season,” he said. “The way his teams play compliments Edinburgh’s own attacking philosophy, which coupled with his knowledge of the BKT URC and depth of coaching experience were key factors for us.
“It is also great to see Rob Chrystie’s progression to a role with Edinburgh and we are excited for what he can bring to the team at this level. We may also take the opportunity to make additions to further strengthen the coaching group as the season progresses.”
Struth added: “Sean brings significant experience and pedigree to the role, having spent 15 years developing and rising to the top of the Sharks coaching system.
“He has a reputation for being a forward-thinking, winning, and attack-minded coach who is passionate about developing talent and getting the best out of his players – which is exactly what we’re looking for, as we continue to build a coaching structure for a successful future here at Edinburgh Rugby.
“Sean has worked with and developed some of the biggest stars in South African rugby, which says a lot about his capability as a man-manager and leader, while his knowledge and understanding of the game from being a Head Coach in both Super Rugby and the BKT URC will bring a huge amount of value and insight to our coaching group.”
“We’re also delighted to see Rob step up to the role of skills and assistant attack coach,” he added.
“It’s a richly deserved promotion and showcases the pathway for young Scottish coaches to progress into the professional game. Rob has done a brilliant job with our academy since joining last year, and I’m sure he will continue to develop and grow as coach with us.
“I’d encourage all our supporters to really get behind Sean and the rest of the coaching group as they lead the team into the 2023-24 season.”