EDINBURGH have recruited last season’s Scotland Under-20s hooker Ewan Ashman on a short-term loan from Sale Sharks. The 19-year-old – who has played 10 times for the age-grade side since making his debut against Italy at the start of the last Six Nations – will link up with capital outfit immediately at their four-day training camp in St Andrews.
“I’m really happy to have joined such a great club on loan and I can’t wait to get stuck into pre-season,” he said. “It’s a really big opportunity for me and I hope to learn as much as possible from Richard Cockerill and the team during my time here.”
Originally from Toronto, Canada, Ashman qualifies for Scotland through his Edinburgh-born father. He came through the ranks at Cheshire’s Sandbach RUFC, and played both centre and back-row prior to switching to hooker, representing Scotland at Under-16, Under-17 and Under-19 levels before graduating to the Under-20s set-up last season. He scored seven tries in five appearances during Scotland’s difficult U20 World Championship campaign in Argentina earlier this summer to finish as the tournament’s top try-scorer.
“We’re really happy to have brought Ewan in on a short-term loan. He offers great cover at a key position and his skillset brings a different dynamic to our front-row,” said head coach Cockerill. “Having watched Ewan perform at the Junior World Cup, it’s clear that he’s a talented player with a real ability in and around the try-line. We hope that he can contribute from the get-go.”
Ashman will provide added depth to the squad in a specialist position after Ross Ford retired at the end of last season. With Stuart McInally certain to go to the World Cup with Scotland, he will compete against Dave Cherry, Cammy Fenton and South African recruit Mike Willemse for game time at hooker.