Luke Crosbie scoops four prizes at Edinburgh’s awards dinner

The Scotland back-row forward was honoured by his fellow-players and the team's supporters at the annual event

Luke Crosbie
Luke Crosbie in action for Edinburgh against Zebre. Image: © Craig Watson. www.craigwatson.co.uk

LUKE Crosbie was the big winner at Edinburgh Rugby’s awards dinner last night, taking four prizes in all. The 26-year-old international back-row forward’s haul of gongs included the most prestigious award, for Scottish Building Society Player of the Season, as well as theBreadalbane Players’ Player of the Season award,  nominated by Edinburgh’s senior squad.

Crosbie was also named BMW Peter Vardy Man of Steel, awarded to the team’s best defender, in addition to winning the only fan-voted award of the evening, the Caullie Lug, given to the player who has displayed the most commitment to the jersey. He also won that honour in 2020-21.

Former Edinburgh and Scotland captain Stuart McInally, who will retire from rugby after this autumn’s World Cup, received the Breadalbane Leadership Award in recognition of his “commitment and service to the club”. McInally’s fellow-hooker Patrick Harrison was named My Name’5 Doddie Pro Academy Player of the Year,  while lock Marshall Sykes was announced as the Uhuru Rum Young Player of the Season.

Stand-off Charlie Savala got the It’s Good 2 Give Most Improved Player award, and departing full-back player Henry Immelman received the Scottish Building Society Our Burgh Community Award “for going above and beyond in community outreach”.

“It’s important we applaud this past season’s top performers, whose hard work, dedication and commitment was properly recognised throughout a fantastic evening attended by our players, staff, sponsors and supporters,” head coach Mike Blair said at the end of the event at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre. “It was brilliant to see Luke Crosbie pick up four awards on the evening, capping off a special season for a great guy who has developed into a really important player for both club and country.

“It was also a truly special moment to finish the awards night by paying tribute to Stuart McInally, who will depart the club later this year following over a decade of rugby in the Scottish capital. A massive thank you to all sponsors and fans who backed a really special night at the EICC, bringing a close to the 22/23 season.”

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15 Comments

  1. Well played Luke Crosbie. Well deserved. Hope Toonie was paying attention. Good to see Cammie Hutchison getting a gig with Newcastle next season. Hope it goes well for him

  2. the idea that Sheil was the most improved players tells us all we need to know about Edinburgh last season. A player who should be coming into his prime but lucky to bench and if anything regressing. What does it say about the rest?

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  3. well deserved awards for Crosbie. Edinburgh a better team when he plays, gives an edge and aggression others cannot

  4. Well deserved and an award from you fellow professionals must surely count for more than the rest put together. Crosbie lends a stature and physicality which mean that I would be happy to see him in a Scotland jersey come the World Cup, especially against heavyweight bruisers like the Saffers. The competition is fierce both at club and country level though, with Scotland brimming with credible back row possibilities if we only pause to count them: Dagre, Fagerson Jr, Dempsey, Watson, Ritchie, Crosbie and before much longer Muncaster. Add to them the down-south trio of Bradbury, Christie and Bayliss, man of the match on Bath’s last appearance. If only we had such a depth of options in the front row!

    • I wonder if Dylan Richardon of the Sharks would have something to offer the Scottish back row if he got more games for his club. He has one cap from an autumn international in 2022 (I think), so must have earned that attention in the past.

  5. Back row is indeed quite the conundrum further to the aforementioned backrow Fagerson Watson Ritchie is a very acceptable selection……..

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  6. It certainly would, especially as it would mean ditching the team captain. Back row is a real conundrum if you throw Ritchie’s leadership appointment into the mix.

  7. Crosbie – really performing and still don’t understand what he did to get dropped in the 6N, unless GT was just looking at all combos.

    Very healthy looking back row options to pick from for RWC Crosbie, Darge, Dempsey, Fagerson, Ritchie, Watson (if he gets back up to needed levels), but we shouldn’t forget Bradbury & Bayliss (MoM at the weekend) either….

    Crosbie has a physicality to his game that others don’t, and it will be interesting to see if GT picks Co-captains for RWC to give him a route to not picking Ritchie as I think Darge and Dempsey are nailed on if fit.

    • It might just be me but Watson has looked like he is close to being back to his excellent form from pre-lions/lions. Last few games since and including Leicester he has stepped up a gear in his carrying and dominant tackles.

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    • I think co-captains might be the only sensible option and the only other obvious pick for co-captain to me is Gilchrist, which I don’t have an issue with, provided he finds a bit more consistency with his form. I didn’t understand why Crosbie wasn’t given more game time in the 6N and the form of Darge and Dempsey makes it hard to not pick them. But we then need to win far more breakdowns or at the very least, protect our possession better.

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  8. Come the South Africa game a back row of Dempsey Darge Crosbie would be very interesting

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    • M Fagerson is definitely in that mix – those 4 (Darge, Dempsey, Fagerson and Crosbie) should be the back row and bench for a full strength match day 23.

      I pushed for Richie as captain before Hogg was appointed, but it really hasn’t worked out near as well as I hoped/thought it would; nor is he a shoe in as he was back then. Still a top top player but overtaken IMHO

    • Crosbie at Edinburgh, Horne at Glasgow are both named player of the season by their club’s fans. They both had no further involvement in this year’s 6N after they’d help us win our opening two games. I’d also love to see the back row you suggest. We’ll see what Townsend makes of it.

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