Edinburgh sign hooker Adam McBurney from Ulster

Mike Willemse will leave the club at the end of the season

Adam McBurney will move from Ulster to Edinburgh in the summer. Image: Dickson Digital
Adam McBurney will move from Ulster to Edinburgh in the summer. Image: Dickson Digital

EDINBURGH have signed hooker Adam McBurney from Ulster on a contract for an unspecified period of time. He is replacing Mike Willemse, who will leave the club at the end of the season.

McBurney previously represented Ireland at Under-18s and Under-20s level, but qualifies for Scotland through a grandmother from Cadder in Lanarkshire.

The 24-year-old has made eight starts and 32 appearances for Ulster since his debut in 2017.


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“I’m extremely excited to sign for Edinburgh,” said McBurney. “It’s a great place and a club with very high standards.

“Over the last few seasons, the progress on the pitch has been extremely noticeable from the outside looking in, and it’s something I’m looking forward to being involved with.

“I want to be part of a very successful Edinburgh squad, take every opportunity I’m given on the pitch, show what I’m about and how I can fit into the values and good work Edinburgh have already been doing.

“Richard Cockerill was a world class player and is a world class coach. I still have a lot of learning in me. I hope to benefit from his experiences to bring the best out of me as a hooker.

“I’ve been in the same rugby environment since I was a kid and hope this change will challenge my ability to adapt, along with picking the brains of new coaches and players to develop my skills.

“I’d like to thank to Ulster for everything they’ve done to help me progress to where I’m at today.”

Cockerill said: “We’re pleased to announce Adam will be joining our squad next season. He’s a tough and dynamic competitor with a lot of scope for development.

“He’s a good fit for us and – with Mike leaving – slots well into our stable of hookers at the club.

“He’ll bring a lot of energy, a bit of edge and is a hard worker. We’re looking forward to linking up with him and seeing how he can progress.”


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5 Comments

  1. As the article points out he is qualified thanks to Gran. The question is which call will he answer if asked? But when you ask that question if he gets the call from either he is unavailable for the club.

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    • As he’ll be playing outside of Ireland he won’t get a call from the Irish set up.

      My understanding is he was a promising player who has slipped down the rankings at Ulster. He has in all probability moved to Edinburgh to restart his career and throw his hat in with Scotland if the opportunity arises. I don’t think he’s on Ireland’s radar otherwise he wouldn’t have left.

  2. Hardly a big surprise – he’s not Scottish – but, there again, he isn’t South African.

    I’d far rather they had signed a young Scot, but, that would be asking too-much.

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