Edinburgh sign Harlequins duo James Lang and Glen Young

The Scottish duo will join the club for the 2021-22 season

Glen Young in action for Harelquins against Racing 92 in the European Champions Cup last month. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Glen Young in action for Harelquins against Racing 92 in the European Champions Cup last month. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

EDINBURGH have announced the double  signing of utility back James Lang and second row Glen Young from Harlequins ahead of the 2021-22 season.

Kent-born Lang, who qualifies for Scotland through his maternal grandmother, has played five times for the national team since making his debut against Canada in the summer of 2018. The 25-year-old has made 73 appearances for Harlequins to date – scoring 11 tries and 204 points – since joining the club in 2016. Seen mainly as a centre by Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend, he will also provide depth to the Edinburgh squad at stand-off and full-back.

Young came through the ranks in his home town of Jedburgh, before being offered an academy contract with Newcastle Falcons in 2012. The former Scotland Under-20s cap had three seasons between 2016 and 2019 as a senior player at Kingston Park, before moving to Harlequins last year, where he has been a regular starter in the Twickenham side’s middle row. He is 6ft 7ins, weighs 118kg, and turned 26 in November.


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“It’s great to announce a couple of new faces to show how our plans for the future continue to take shape,” said Edinburgh head coach Richard Cockerill.

“James and Glen are quality, experienced individuals – one of them an international, the other of international quality. They’ll add a new dynamic to our depth and competition for places in a number of areas.

“James is a player we’ve been interested in for a long time now, so it’s fantastic to secure his signature for the club. He’s a talented, international back who can play in a number of specialist positions and will be a real asset to us.

“We’re equally pleased to sign Glen – a Borders man who’s spent his senior professional playing career in the English Premiership – and will now get a taste of a new competition, which he’s really excited about.

“He’s another player we’ve known a lot about for a long time. He’s a talented individual and a hard worker – the type who’ll fit in well to our environment.”

Lang said that making the move north had been an easy decision.  “I was really excited when I got the opportunity to speak with Richard Cockerill and had a good chat with him on how he views the club and how he sees me fitting in. After that chat I had pretty much made my mind up,” he explained.

“I’m also looking forward to be joining the Guinness PRO14. Whenever I’ve played European games against the likes of Munster and Ulster, it’s always been a good test.

“Going to those places was always amazing, so the prospect of going there each season and challenging myself against some of the best players is exciting to me, and another reason I jumped at the opportunity.

“I’ve played across the backline at Quins and I want to focus on my centre-play, at 12. My aim is to do that and put my best foot forward for Edinburgh, which will hopefully, in turn, help me pursue more international honours as well.”

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Young was equally enthusiastic. “I’m buzzing to get started with Edinburgh,” he said. “I’ve been in the English Premiership since I was 18 and enjoyed it but am now really looking forward to a new challenge in a new competition.

“Edinburgh is perfect for me. I spoke to Cockers and was encouraged by where he sees me fitting in but also with the areas of my game he can help me improve on.

“I have a young baby with my other half and we’re looking forward to being closer to home so he can grow up close to family and friends.

“It’s exciting. I already know a few of the boys who played Scotland U20 and plenty more from roundabout where I’m from, so it’ll be good to catch up with everyone again.”

Young’s father, Dougie, boxed for Britain in the heavyweight division at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, and won silver for Scotland at the 1986 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh. His cousins Lewis, Gregor and Callum Young have all represented Scotland 7s out of Jed-Forest.


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6 Comments

  1. Looking forward to having a bit more of a creative option at 12. Dean is a solid player but I feel we’ve missed Scott this season.

    Finding the ‘Let the pros do their jobs’ refrain a bit wearisome, even if it is just a wind-up. The very point of the comments section is for fans (amateurs) to comment on what’s going on in pro rugby.

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    • I grew tired of people constantly bashing the SRU and Dodson regardless of the article as opposed to talking about the rugby itself.
      It goes both ways.

      I agree although about the creative comment (although i have not see a huge amount of it yet from Lang) Not retaining Scott was a huge mistake.

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    • Well said. But spell the great mans name correctly.

      I can see those 2 becoming good regulars for the club side throughout the international windows. Hopefully Young can push Gilchrist and Toolis.

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