- This article has been corrected since initial publication. The players have not joined Edinburgh on partnership contract as initially stated.
EDINBURGH have added four Scottish-qualified players to their squad to boost depth during the World Cup period.
Back-row Ben Smith (Heriot’s), hooker Corey Tait (Boroughmuir Bears), wing Lewis Wells (Heriot’s) and lock Alfie Scopes (Watsonians) have all joined the club this week to supplement the squad and provide cover at a period in the season where a large portion of the wider team are unavailable due to international call ups.
Smith and Scopes joined Heriot’s and Watsonians respectively at the start of this Super Series Championship campaign having previously played at Loughborough University, Wells caught the eye playing for Edinburgh Accies in the Premiership last season having initially come through Linlithgow, while Tait is from Hawick and is the younger brother of Rhys, who signed for Doncaster Knights during the summer.
“Edinburgh Rugby as a club has a strong link to the city’s FOSROC Super Series teams, so it’s brilliant that we’ve been able to work collaboratively to allow a number of players to step up and join our senior squad during this latest block of pre-season,” said assistant coach Rob Chrystie.
“The guys joining us are all players who’ve performed well in the Super Series competition, so this is about creating an avenue of opportunity while rewarding players that have a real desire to step up. Edinburgh Rugby will continue to assess the squad and use the Super Series pathway to identify players during the run up to Rugby World Cup.
“Our players really enjoyed taking part in the FOSROC Series Sprint competition with the ‘A’ team earlier this year, where we were able to get a first-hand experience of the competition.
“It will be excellent to welcome a number of those FOSROC Super Series players, that we faced in the Sprint, to training in the coming weeks where they’ll get a chance to make a real impact, while testing themselves against internationalists in a pro-environment.”
Meanwhile, Glasgow Warriors yesterday unveiled the names of four players they will have on partnership contracts this season. Former Dumfries Saints and GHA hooker Gregor Hiddleston is extending his deal after initially signing on in conjunction with Stirling Wolves last October, while Boroughmuir Bears centre Duncan Munn, Stirling Wolves scrum-half Ben Afshar and Ayrshire Bulls stand-off Richie Simpson have graduated from the FOSROC academy.