Lawyer replaces Petrie

Struth named Edinburgh Rugby’s new managing director

Douglas Struth, Edinburgh Rugby's new managing director

New role for Douglas Struth (pic: SNS Group)


Edinburgh Rugby has gone ‘in house’ to appoint lawyer Douglas Struth as its new managing director.

Mr Struth, currently Scottish Rugby’s head of legal, replaces Jonny Petrie who left to become CEO of Ulster Rugby, and will take on the post at the end of the season.

He said: “As a long-time season ticket member I care passionately about the club and have done for many years. Through my current role, I have developed first-hand knowledge of the club and a real understanding of what its objectives are and what it wants to progress from a business, stakeholder and operations perspective.

“I now look forward to applying all of that as managing director and working with our supporters, partners and the whole team at Edinburgh Rugby to build on what has been achieved so far and to take the club forward.”

Originally from Edinburgh, he trained as a lawyer with Maclay, Murray & Spens in the city and built up a strong commercial legal background over a six-year period with Royal Bank of Scotland. He then spent a further three years as a senior lawyer at Virgin Money before joining Scottish Rugby in 2014 and progressing to head of legal.

In his current role, Mr Struth leads Scottish Rugby’s internal legal department and is secretary to the Scottish Rugby Council.

He has worked across all areas of the organisation, including working with Edinburgh Rugby on sponsorship, player contracting, ticketing, broadcast, retail, media and marketing matters. He has also been involved in supporting the delivery of Edinburgh Rugby’s new stadium development project.

Edinburgh stressed the new man landed the job following an ‘open, external and internal, recruitment process.’

BT rugby Dominic McKay
Positive: Dominic McKay

Scottish Rugby’s chief operating officer Dominic McKay said: “We wanted someone who understood the important role of the club in the city and how, working with Scottish Rugby, we could continue building on the proactive work currently underway.

“Having worked closely with Doug, I know he is passionate about rugby in Edinburgh and it is a positive step to have someone develop within the organisation to the extent that this role is now one they are well equipped to step into.”

Scottish Rugby’s head of retail and licensing, Craig Docherty, has been in interim charge during the recruitment period and will continue in the role until the end of the season.

Edinburgh welcome Munster to Murrayfield for Saturday’s Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final, when a huge crowd in expected to descend on the city.

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