Edinburgh sign Scotland scrum-half Scott Steele

29-year-old was capped four-times by Scotland between October 2020 and March 2021E

Scott Steele has signed a one-year contract with Edinburgh. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Scott Steele has signed a one-year contract with Edinburgh. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

EDINBURGH have signed Scotland international and English Premiership winning scrum-half Scott Steele on a one-year deal from this summer.

The 29-year-old – who came throughDumfries Academy and Dumfries Saints, and finished his schooling at Merchiston Castle School in the Scottish capital– makes the move back north from Harlequins, where he has played since 2020.

Steele was capped four times by Scotland between his debut in the win over Wales in Llanelli in October 2020 and his only start to date against Italy during the 2021 Six Nations.


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“I’m extremely excited about the opportunity to move to Edinburgh. Coming back home to Scotland after 12 years playing down in England is something I’ve always wanted to do,” said Steele.

“Moving to Edinburgh will hopefully be an easy transition for me as I know a lot of the current squad through my time in the Scotland set-up, and also having spent time in the city during my last year of school.”

Steele represented Scotland at Under-17, Under-18 and Under-20 levels and joined Leicester Tigers as an academy player before making his professional debut in 2013.

He then made the move to London Irish in 2014, starting 21 of 22 matches in his first season at the club, and making over 100 appearances in total before joining Premiership rivals Harlequins ahead of the 2020-21 campaign.

In his first season at Twickenham Stoop, Steele was part of a squad which won the English Premiership for the first time since 2011.

“I’m buzzing to play in the United Rugby Championship. Speaking to mates that play in the league, they absolutely love it,” Steele added.

“Getting to play against different teams from different countries will be new to me and something I’m looking forward to. I’ve been lucky enough to play against a few South African teams in the Heineken Champions Cup and really enjoyed it.”

Outgoing Edinburgh head coach Mike Blair added: “We’re really pleased to secure the signing of Scott for next season. He’s a player that brings great experience, while he’ll also be a great fit culturally, given his links to the current squad and experience of rugby in the city.

“Scott’s addition brings further quality to our half-back group. He is an excellent defender and will help bring energy and tempo to the attack.”

The other scrum-halves on Edinburgh’s books at the moment are Ben Vellacott, who signed a “multi-year” contract extension in December 2022, and Henry Pyrgos and Charlie Shiel, who both signed deals to run for undisclosed periods of time in March 2021.


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10 Comments

  1. Do Academy players play in S6?? Barely a third (and that’s being very generous) of the squad names have an asterisk and on previous seasons it’s the likes of Fraser Climmo that get game time not the youngsters. I’m minded of one Academy player who had five appearances mounting to less than 15 min in total and that was his season last time out. If anyone is in any doubt about how well served we are for youth development take a look at u20 scorelines since S6 began and then look at how many youth games are unfulfilled due to not being able to field a XV. Continual cheerleading for short termism is destroying our sport.

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    • The only thing not short-term is Mr Dodson. He will be on his own financial gravy train as long as possible.

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  2. They should have moved Dobie, unless Price is moving. 3 top class scrum halves at Glasgow and Dobie getting virtually no game time at 9 as a result.

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  3. Young players like Dobie and Shiel deserve a break too…as do the guys who have been slogging away in the Academy programme and can’t get a sniff of game time.

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    • So then should they not branch out and take a turn down south? With only the 2 teams up here it’s always going to be congested, for the only way to grow the player base is to have lots of guys playing outside Scotland ….

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  4. Scott deserves a few breaks(!) after a lengthy spell disrupted by illness and injury.

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    • Henry will be 34 this summer…………won’t be surprised to see him retire. Was a great player for Warriors, not so much in a headless Edinburgh side

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