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McKenzie returns to Edinburgh

Newcastle lock Fraser McKenzie has joined Edinburgh with immediate effect, the Falcons have announced.

Dunfermline-born McKenzie, 26, has agreed a two-year deal with the RaboDirect PRO12 outfit.

McKenzie signed for Newcastle a year ago and made 21 appearances last season. He has represented Scotland at Under-19, Under-20 and A team level.

Newcastle said that McKenzie, who began his career with Edinburgh before joining Sale Sharks and then the Falcons, had requested the move in order to enhance his chances of gaining full international honours with Scotland.

"Fraser wants to play international rugby, and he feels that a move away from Newcastle Falcons will improve his chances of achieving that," Newcastle rugby director Dean Richards said.

"We wish Fraser all the best for the future."

The forward believes the time is right for him to return to Scotland.

McKenzie told his new club's official website: "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 think the time is right for me to come back."


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