Former Scotland captain Jonny Petrie has been appointed as managing director of Edinburgh Rugby.
He replaces David Davies, who announced his decision to step down at the end of the season in the wake of a players’ revolt following the dismissal of popular team manager Lynsey Dingwall.
Petrie, who retired from the professional game in 2007, starts his new role with immediate effect. He is already in the employ of the Scottish Rugby Union having joined in June 2014 as commercial operations manager. Before working for the SRU Petrie was head of sponsorship at the energy company SSE for five years.
Born in Dundee, he played club rugby for Dundee High School FP, Glasgow Warriors and the French side Colomiers. He made his international debut against New Zealand in Auckland in 2000 and was capped 45 times by Scotland at flanker. He was made captain by former coach Frank Hadden in 2005 before announcing his retirement in March 2007 following a number of injuries.
Speaking of his new role Petrie, 38, said: “I am very much looking forward to this new challenge of leading a club with such a strong history and exciting future. We have a great opportunity to build on the team’s success in reaching the first European final for a Scottish professional team last season.”
Edinburgh were beaten by Gloucester in the final of the European Challenge Cup last season and finished eighth in the Guinness PRO12 table.