McKenzie comes home to boost new season squad

Edinburgh Rugby are pleased to announce that Scotland A lock Fraser McKenzie has returned to the club where he began his professional career.

The lock, who can also play on the blind-side, made his Scotland 7s debut in November 2008, represented Scotland A in 2010 and 2011, and was included in the extended Scotland squad for the 2012 RBS 6 Nations.

Moving from Edinburgh Rugby to Sale Sharks in 2011, McKenzie then joined Newcastle Falcons last summer, making a total of 41 English Premiership appearances before earning a move home.

McKenzie said: “I jumped at the chance to come back to Edinburgh Rugby and I’m looking forward to laying down a marker.

“The club seem to be on an upward trend and I’m looking forward to returning to my home-town club, and to be back living in Dunfermline.

“I really believe everything happens for a reason and I really believe the time is right for me to come back.”

McKenzie joined Edinburgh Rugby in 2008 from Scottish Rugby’s national academy, having turned out for Dunfermline’s 1st XV from the age of 16.

The former Queen Anne High School pupil led his country at under-19 level in the 2007 World Championships, having already represented Scotland at U20, when he made a try-scoring debut against Wales in February that year.

Head coach Alan Solomons said: “We’re delighted to be able to bring Fraser back home to Edinburgh and believe he’ll really add value to the squad.

“He’s a big, abrasive player who will fit in well to our system.”

Edinburgh Rugby assistant coach Stevie Scott, who worked with McKenzie most recently during his time with Sale, added: “I’ve known Fraser for a number of years, from coaching him at the academy to his time at Sale.

“He’s a hard, physical player and I’m sure he’ll suit the way we’re trying to play our game.”

 

Fraser Rolland McKenzie (26), lock

Born: 28 March 1988 in Dunfermline

Height: 1.98m (6ft 6in)

Weight: 119kg (18st 10lb)