SEAN Everitt has signed a two-year contract extension with Edinburgh and will henceforth be known as the club’s head coach.
The South African was given the title ‘senior coach’ when he arrived last summer on an initial one-year contract, with both the title and the duration of the deal suggesting that Edinburgh were not wholly convinced they had found the right man to take over from Mike Blair. But a renewed sense of direction on the pitch has produced a promising first half of the season, and negotiations about an extended deal began late last year.
When first asked about those talks, Everitt said he was keen to stay but would discuss the matter with his family, who are still based in Durban, before coming to a decision. His family duly visited the capital over Christmas, and agreement has now been reached.
“I’m delighted to sign an extension with Edinburgh Rugby,” Everitt said. “It’s very exciting for me. I’ve really enjoyed my stay here so far – I’ve been made to feel very welcome.
“It’s exciting for the future, for me and my family. They were really excited about me getting this opportunity to come to Edinburgh and experience something different – I had been at the Sharks for 15 years.
“The team have responded well to some of the new ideas that I’ve brought in, and have achieved quite well as well. It’s been a good solid start to the season but we still feel like there are a lot of areas to work on. That in itself is really pleasing. This team can still improve and fans should be excited about what this group can achieve in the second half of the campaign.
“The coaching group around me has also been a huge help in terms of getting the best out of the squad. The support they have shown me since day one has been second to none and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working with Stevie [Lawrie], Michael [Todd] and Rob [Chrystie], who are all excellent coaches.”
While Edinburgh have lost Blair Kinghorn this season and will part company with Bill Mata at the end of the campaign, they have secured Darcy Graham on a long-term contract and agreed extensions with both Duhan van der Merwe and Grant Gilchrist. Managing director Doug Struth hailed Everitt’s new deal as one that would bring more stability to the club.
“With a number of our top internationalists already re-signed, and with Sean now in position as head coach until at least June 2026, I think our fans should be very excited for the future,” he said. “Sean has been excellent for us since taking charge last summer and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working with him. This new deal brings us further stability and allows us to continue to move the club forward, both on and off the pitch.
“Last month’s club-record crowd at Scottish Gas Murrayfield and tonight’s sell-out [versus Gloucester] at Hive Stadium show the progress we’re making as a club. We’ve moved into our new home, generated a first-class matchday experience and atmosphere, achieved record average-crowds, achieved record season-ticket numbers, and achieved record income levels year on year since the Covid pandemic.
“On the field, our performances have been really promising under Sean’s leadership, setting us up nicely for the business end of the season in the coming months. I’m absolutely delighted that Sean has agreed to extend his contract with us and he will play a key role in the club’s continued growth and success over the coming years. “