Edinburgh confirm list of seven summer leavers

Scott Steele announces retirement following hip surgery

Former Scotland scrum-half Scott Steele has announced his retirement from playing after a season out with a hip injury. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Former Scotland scrum-half Scott Steele has announced his retirement from playing after a season out with a hip injury. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

EDINBURGH have confirmed their full list of players leaving the club at the end of the season, with former Scotland scrum-half Scott Steele and former Scotland Under-20s second-row Jamie Steele the two names added to the five which were already public knowledge.

Steele is retiring from playing at the age of 30 after being sidelined all this season with a hip injury, meaning he has not managed to get on the field for the club since moving back north last summer. Initially from Dumfries, he came through the Leicester Tigers academy, then spent six seasons with London Irish, before moving to Harlequins between 2020 and 2023. He represented Scotland at under-17, under-18 and under-20 levels, and was capped four times by the senior team during the the 2020 and 2021 Six Nations.

Meanwhile, Campbell made his Edinburgh debut against Connacht in March 2022, and was promoted from the academy to the senior squad last summer, but has not featured for Sean Everitt‘s side during the current campaign. The 22-year-old, who came through Kelvinside Academy and Biggar RFC, is to pursue playing opportunities overseas.


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The other leavers are: prop WP Nel (who is retiring), No 8 Viliame Mata (who is joining Bristol Bears in the summer), stand-off Charlie Savala (whose loan deal with Northampton Saints recently became a permanent move), prop Luan De Bruin (who is joining Newcastle Falcons) and hooker Adam McBurney (who has joined Connacht).

Head coach Everitt said: “I’d like to thank all of our departing players for their contributions to Edinburgh Rugby during their time at the club. They’ve all been a valuable part of the squad and I wish them all the best in their future endeavours.

“We’re grateful for the effort and commitment that these players have shown throughout their time at Edinburgh. They’ve all played a role in the team’s success and we’ll miss them around the club dearly because of what they brought as individuals and players.

“On behalf of everyone at Edinburgh Rugby, I’d like to thank our seven departing players for their hard work and dedication. They’ve all been a pleasure to work with and will still have big roles to play as we aim to finish the season on a high note.”


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17 Comments

  1. I feel for Scott Steele – one minute he’s playing for the national team, moves north to presumably enhance his prospects and then never plays again at a relatively young age. Shows what an attritional career professional rugby is and why player safety and welfare need to be top priority, though admittedly without destroying the confrontational nature of the game completely. A tough balancing act – banning croc rolls is a long overdue step but hope WRU take the review of substitutes seriously and with an open mind.

  2. Glad to hear that Charlie Savala’s move to Saints is working outand leads to further success. What does this say about Edinburgh’s vision.

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    • He’s hardly lighting up the Saints team. 1 start against Newcastle in January and hasn’t featured since.

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      • Another big chunk of money spent which didn’t really benefit Scottish game and blocked the pathway. Sure he’s a great kid but there’s been way too much money wasted on foreign signings with no benefits and plenty of drawbacks hence the current financial and developmental crisis.

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        • there was no big chunk on money thrown at Savala by Edinburgh. Players like him at his stage of his career are very cheap. Had there been anyone in the pathway to block, Savala would not have been signed.
          He’s off now and Edin will do their SRU abetted usual. Raid Glasgow instead of developing their own

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      • Saints have rather a good fly half, and Furbank flexible enough to cover 10, as well as 15 even centre. Savala has been good enough for Saints to sign him despite that

  3. Would hope the WP would be offered a coa hing position within the SRU – a lot of experience and knowledge of the dark arts going to be list there

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      • Heard he has already bought a farm but he is South African after all without a drop of Scottish blood in him. However he shed quite few playing for Scotland and Edinburgh. I am totally against project players but he always gave his all for his jersey of convenience. You cannot ask for any more than that. Good luck to you and your lovely family.

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  4. So where’s the big star signing(s) or was that Bradbury. I hope the pro teams are not going to have to carry the can for the SRU’s financial mismanagement over the last few years. Lets hope Seans got a wee surprise for us over the summer.

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    • Ross what do you mean, the Pro team are the SRU. The biggest SRU spend is the players who play for those pro teams. If Edinburgh or Glasgow had to survive only on revenue they generated themselves how bad so you think it would be.

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      • I fully appreciate that the Pro teams are funded by the SRU but the SRU spends money on a lot of things other than the Pro Teams. Funding for the game as a whole comes largely from international ticket sales and I think they spend about £8m on each pro team but had a total revenue last year of £60+m (from memory) and spent £70+m hence the £10m loss. The point I am making is that they waste a lot of money on other things and central overheads and should therefore focus cost reductions in these areas rather than playing costs. If the SRU managed its costs effectively in other areas we could still afford a few star players from overseas to boost the home based base. Even the Irish provinces do this – they carry a few quality overseas players who add to their home based squad. As a season ticket holder at Edinburgh and Scotland thats what I am looking for, a few star names with a Scots base rather than a mish mash of 2nd rate overseas players – some thankfully we are getting rid off.

    • Hi Ross we are going to paying for a long time for Townsend and Dobsons folly in trawling the world trying to buy success and failing miserably. Ireland on the other hand were still getting beaten whilst getting their structures right and their long term vision has created a ongoing pipeline of Irish Talent supplemented with top drawer imports and the stars they grew at the nursery Connacht

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