EDINBURGH have announced that both scrum-half Nic Groom and hooker Sam Kitchen have been allowed to leave with immediate effect.
Groom had been set to leave the team at the end of the season when his contract expired, but his departure has been brought forward to enable him to “see out the season in England” according to a press release from Edinburgh. Meanwhile, Kitchen, who joined from Ayrshire Bulls last summer, is heading home to Australia.
Now 31, Groom joined Edinburgh in 2019 from the Lions in his native South Africa, having previously played for Northampton. He became an important member of Richard Cockerill’s leadership group, captaining the team on several occasions, and leaves having made 22 appearances.
After signing Ben Vellacott from Wasps a couple of months ago, head coach Cockerill announced that one of his senior scrum-halves would leave at the end of this season, and when Henry Pyrgos signed a new contract recently it became clear that Groom was the one who would be leaving. Pyrgos, Vellacott and Charlie Shiel will all now fight it out for the No 9 jersey next season.
Kitchen, 27, has made two appearances this season. He signed as a back-up hooker after Cammy Fenton left Edinburgh, and found it hard to make an impact with Stuart McInally, Dave Cherry and Mike Willemse all ahead of him in the pecking order.