Edinburgh promote two more academy prospects to senior squad

Winger Jake Henry and second-row Jamie Campbell agree deals with capital outfit

Jake Henry and Jamie Campbell. Image courtesy: Edinburgh Rugby
Jake Henry and Jamie Campbell. Image courtesy: Edinburgh Rugby

DESPITE the fairly significant inconvenience of not having a head coach in place for next season, Edinburgh – under ‘lead rugby consultant’ Steve Diamond – are continuing to shape their squad for the upcoming campaign, with winger Jake Henry and second-row Jamie Campbell the latest promising youngsters to be promoted from academy to senior contracts.

The pair follow in the footsteps of full-backs Harry Paterson and Nathan Sweeney, stand-off/centre Cammy Scott, loose-head prop Mikey Jones and hooker Patrick Harrison in becoming full-time members of the squad during the last six months.

22-year-old Henry  – who is currently recovering from a knee injury sustained in training last season – has yet to make his first senior appearance for the club, however the winger impressed in recent season playing SuperSeries/6 rugby with Southern Knights and Heriot’s.

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A former MacPhail Scholarship recipient who came through Ross Sutherland and Highland RFC, Henry represented Scotland 7s at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham last summer, where he scored a try against Tonga and a hat-trick against Malaysia.

“I’m really chuffed to be stepping up into the senior squad,” he said. “I can’t wait to kick on and make the most of the season I have left when back to full fitness.”

Campbell, who is also 22, joined the Edinburgh Rugby academy ahead of the 2021-22 season. A product of the Kelvinside Academy (where fellow second-rows Richie Gray, Scott Cummings and Andrew Davidson also rose to prominence), the lock started his senior rugby career at Biggar RFC.

He has been capped for Scotland U20 and featured last season for Super Series side Southern Knights and in the Premiership for Musselburgh. Campbell made his professional debut for Edinburgh against Connacht in March 2022.

“I’m really excited to be taking the next steps in my career at Edinburgh Rugby,” he said. “I’m really looking forward to pushing myself this season and making the most of this brilliant opportunity.”

Edinburgh Rugby Academy Coach, Rob Chrystie, added: “Jake and Jamie have both worked really hard to earn this opportunity. They deserve the chance to step up to the senior squad, where they’ll be hoping to push the guys ahead of them and make an impact in 2023/24.

“Jake is making steady progress from a knee injury sustained in training last year and we’re happy with how he is advancing through the early stages of pre-season. Jamie continues to show a real grit and determination in training, and he is improving all the time plying his trade in a pro-environment.

“We’re delighted to see both guys progress into the senior ranks. It showcases the strengths of the pro academy pathway we’ve developed and are continually trying to develop here at Edinburgh Rugby.”

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  1. So 7 of the edinburgh academy are promoted, 4 are released, Harri Morris goes to Doncaster on loan, leaving only 3 in the academy next season – Deans, McConnell, and Douglas.
    Meanwhile Glasgow so far have promoted 1, Ferrie, and released 2 to Doncaster – Tait and Smeaton. That leaves 12 whose future has not yet been made public. The two Academies seem to have very different approaches to communication.

    • the academy is for under 20s only.
      Scottish rugby just don’t want to announce it,
      Even people in scottish rugby think it’s nuts
      Question is what happens to academy managers, rumours chrytie has the skills job at Edinburgh


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