FLANKER Connor Boyle has agreed a new two-year deal with Edinburgh Rugby. The 22-year-old former Stewart’s Melville schoolboy, who grew up a stone’s throw from BT Murrayfield, graduated from the academy to his first senior contract with the capital side in the summer of 2020.
He has previously represented Edinburgh district at every age-grade level, and captained Scotland under-20s during the 2019 Six Nations. He has played 28 times for the capital side and crossed the whitewash in December’s 1872 Cup first-leg derby at Scotstoun Stadium.
“I’m delighted to re-sign with my boyhood club,” said Boyle. “Edinburgh Rugby is the place where I see myself being able to take my game to the next level.
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“The players and coaches are all hell bent on building a Championship winning culture and that is an environment I want to be part of.
“The strength of the back-row, and specifically the openside position, gives me the ability to learn from the best on a day-to day-basis. This new deal will allow me to take myself to the next level of playing while continuing to live in my hometown.
Edinburgh head coach Mike Blair said: “We’re delighted to see Connor re-sign with the club. As a local lad, Edinburgh Rugby means so much to him and you can really see that every time he pulls on the jersey.
“Representing the club means everything to Connor and that passion and intensity he shows when he takes the field is something other players really feed off. His behaviours epitomise what it means to represent the city, while he’s shown real leadership potential by driving some of our off-field culture and standards.
“Connor is still a young man, and his game is still developing, but we’re really happy with his contributions to the team so far. He’s in a great place to kick on and become a top player for club and country.”
Another talent which is homegrown? I did not think we had the structures in place to do so! Well done Connor Boyle and shout out to the SRU academies for helping develop such a bright talent.
I thought Connor did really well last year when he got a start. Looked like a young Hamish Watson. He hasn’t had so much opportunity this year but he should get more game time around the 6 nations so lets hope he can continue progressing.