Tight-head props extend Edinburgh contracts

Angus Williams and D'Arcy Rae re-commit to capital club

Angus Williams has signed a two-year contract extension with Edinburgh. Image:© Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Angus Williams has signed a two-year contract extension with Edinburgh. Image:© Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

EDINBURGH have agreed contract extensions with tight-head props Angus Williams and D’Arcy Rae. Scottish qualified 30-year-old Williams has put pen-to-paper on a new two-year deal while 29-year-old Scotland internationalist Rae has signed on for one-year. The news comes a few days after it emerged that veteran tight-head WP Nel is hanging up his boots at the end of the season.

“They are both really consistent trainers who bring the same energy and commitment every day,” said Edinburgh head coach Sean Everitt. “I’ve been really impressed with both players during my time at the club

“Angus and D’Arcy both have a bit of grit and resolve about their game, while they enjoy the daily grind of improving themselves, whether that’s in the gym or on the training paddock. It’s brilliant to have two quality players signed up for next season, adding further strength and depth to the tighthead position.”


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Kiwi-born Williams – who qualifies for Scotland through his Edinburgh-born mother – initially joined the club on a partnership deal with Super Series side Watsonians, before signing his first full-time contract in 2021, and has since made 26 appearances for the capital club.

“Edinburgh is home to me and my partner Toni and we have become very settled here.” he said. “The club is in a great place across the board. Sean has come in and challenged us as a group and I feel we are in a brilliant place to excel this season.”

Rae  joined the club in October 2023 following spells at Montpellier and Bath, and has played in three matches so far this season.

A member of the Ayr side which won the Premiership and Cup double in 2013, he spent eight years with Glasgow Warriors between 2013 and 2021, making 85 appearances. The former age-grade internationalist earned is one and only senior cap to date against Ireland during the 2019 Six Nations.


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7 Comments

  1. I have found it strange that Rae has not played much as he played 50 times for Bath and 85 times for Glasgow and has also played for Treviso and Montpellier but not good enough for Edinburgh. I do not think he has been injured and can understand Nel being first choice but Sebastian IMHO has done nothing to sugest that he is any better than Williams or Rae. Now we are supposededly getting Paul Hill from Northampton who is certainly not what you will call a dominant scrummager.

  2. D’Arcy Rae played more than 20 games in a season for Bath. Why has he played so little at Edinburgh this season?

  3. Why, its obvious neither are good enough or rated to start games. Why not keep one as an experienced pro and let the other spot go to a younger player. Especially with the chat of a non SQ player coming in to replace Nel.

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  4. Good April fools joke. Can we get some proper high quality Tightheads signed now please. At the very least lets bring in Blyth Lafferty/Norrie and provide them lots of gametime for a season which they will struggle to achieve over Fagerson/Sordoni.

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    • Blyth-Lafferty is already at Edinburgh on a long term deal – and he’s only 17. He’s not actually old enough yet to be insured to play senior men’s rugby!

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      • He will be 18 by the time next seasons comes about, I’d imagine he will play super 6 sprint and be part of Edinburgh A next year.
        Get him playing pro rugby, we are talking about being 4th or 5th choice tighthead. There is no reason for that 5th choice to be a 29/30 year old.

      • Zander Fagerson was playing pro rugby when he was 18 (back in 2014) for Glasgow and turned out really well. These young upcoming players need game time.

        No reason Norrie or Blyth Lafferty cannot be a realistic option as the 3rd choice Tighthead for Scotland come 27 WC if they are blooded now.

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