Edinburgh sign second-row Rob Carmichael from Leicester Tigers

20-year-old is 6ft 11ins tall and previously represented England at age-grade level

Rob Carmichael has joined Edinburgh. Image: Edinburgh Rugby
Rob Carmichael has joined Edinburgh. Image: Edinburgh Rugby

EDINBURGH have added some serious size to their second-row options by signing Scots-qualified second-row Rob Carmichael from Leicester Tigers. The 20-year-old, who is 6ft 11ins tall, has already linked cup with the club on a loan deal until the end of the season, at which point he will enter a three-year contract with the capital club.

Carmichael was born and raised in Hong Kong after his Scottish father and English/Welsh mother emigrated to Asia just under 30 years ago. He came through the ranks at Sandy Bay RFC before the family returned to the UK in 2019.

That year he joined the Tigers academy, making two Premiership Cup appearances alongside representing England U20s last year, whilst remaining eligible for Scotland by ancestry.

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“This is a massive move for me and an incredible opportunity I’ve been given,” said Carmichael. “I’m delighted to join and I’m really glad I’ve been able to make the move to Edinburgh early on loan. I’ve only heard great things about the club.

“I’ve wanted to live in Scotland my whole life so I’m glad I’m able to make the move now. Edinburgh is an incredible city, while my parents and whole extended family are really excited that I’ve joined a Scottish club.”

Whilst combining education with an academy contract at Tigers, Carmichael played BUCS Super Rugby at University of Nottingham where he studied Sports Science.

“I’ve got a lot to learn about Edinburgh,” Carmichael, who has already linked up with the capital squad. “I’ve only visited a couple of times but everything I’ve heard about the city and the club has been really positive. I couldn’t be more excited to move up.

“I think it’s going to be great for my development and I can’t wait to learn off the experienced second-rows at the club. I just want to add as much as I can to the team and see how much I can improve as a player. I know I’ve got loads to learn.”

Edinburgh head coach Sean Everitt said: “We’re delighted to welcome Rob [Carmichael] to the club. He’s a player with great raw ability who has all the physical tools to succeed at the next level.

“We’ve been looking at Rob for a while given his Scotland links and we’re thankful to Tigers who’ve released him on an initial loan. He’ll be able to get his feet in the door and hit the ground running ahead of joining on a long-term deal this summer.”

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  1. I’m assuming no relation to Lewis Carmichael, a promising lock who had to retire a few years back?

      • Had to go back and look him up, Scotland Prop 50 caps then a Scottish record …

        Think things have changed a bit since Sandy’s time….

        ‘ played for the British and Irish Lions on the 1971 tour to New Zealand, but was invalided out of the tour in Canterbury, after multiple punches by the opposition fractured his cheekbone.’

        Probably for the better … But they were entertaining days ….

  2. Looks a good signing. Just need a big hardvl running 12 now. I like Lang but I don’t think he’s the right player for Everitt’s game plan.

    • Still do not understand why they let go off Matt Scott… he is probably getting on a bit now but had a good few years still in him and way better than the other options.

      Hoping Matt Currie really steps up, give him a year or two more to bulk up and hit strong crash ball lined and he could be the answer.


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