D’ARCY RAE has joined the growing ranks of Glasgow Warriors players to take a step into coaching by agreeing to be Marr’s forwards coach next season. The tighthead prop, who made his Scotland debut in this year’s Six Nations Championship, was educated at Marr College and was also drafted to the Fullarton club in 2017-18, so goes into the post already familiar with the club set-up. Rae signed a two-year extension to his Warriors contract in March.
Craig Redpath will continue as head coach, again assisted by Kenny Diffenthal, as the National 1 champions prepare for life back in the Premiership. Conor Bickerstaff is to continue as first-team captain, with Mackenzie Pearce again vice-captain, while Marr have also been boosted by the news that several key players have decided to stay with the club rather than pursue a career in Super 6.
“With the new era of Scottish Rugby coming into play next season inclusive of the semi pro Super 6 competition, it would be natural for the Fullarton faithful to worry that some of our core players would be enticed by a move,” club captain Gregor Ness wrote on the Marr website. “Interest and offers have been tabled and we are delighted to announce that Scott Bickerstaff, Calvin Henderson & Ewan Hamilton-Bulger have all turned down a move to Super 6 and will be playing their rugby in purple and gold next season.”
One player who will be leaving, however, is Stephen Adair, who has agreed to coach Ayr’s club side in National 1.