Fast Freddie Owsley makes sharp exit from Edinburgh

Winger has managed just three appearances for capital outfit since arrival from Bristol Bears Academy in April 2021

Freddie Owsley scores for Edinburgh against Brive during east year's European Challenge Cup campaign. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Freddie Owsley scores for Edinburgh against Brive during east year's European Challenge Cup campaign. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

WINGER Freddy Owsley has left the club “to pursue other playing opportunities” having struggled to command game time with the capital outfit since his arrival at the club from the Bristol Bears Academy in April 2021.

With Duhan van der Merwe returning to Edinburgh last week, 25-year-old Owsley’s chances of breaking into the team diminished even further. Darcy Graham, Damien Hoyland, Jack Blain and Wes Goosen are also on the books as dedicated wingers, while, Blair Kinghorn and Emiliano Boffelli have both played international rugby wearing No 11 or No 14, and academy prospects Jake Henry and Harry Paterson have the potential to become senior squad members in the near future. All in all, it is fair to say that wing is a position where head coach Mike Blair has a surfeit of options.

Owsley, who is Scots qualified through his grandmother from Govan, arrived at Edinburgh with limited rugby experience but some impressive achievements from his time in competitive athletics. He represented Great Britain at under-20s level in the 200m, 400m, 4x100m and 4x400m, and earned a place in the British indoor and outdoor senior 200m final.


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He scored two tries on debut against Brive in the European Challenge Cup in January, the first a breathtaking length of the park kick-chase effort, but thereafter managed just two more appearances for the club. Owsley has recently been involved with Scotland 7s and also featured for both Southern Knights and Heriot’s Rugby in the FOSROC Super6.

“I’ve loved my time at Edinburgh. The fans have treated me brilliantly since the moment I arrived and I couldn’t have asked for a better group of lads,” he said.

“Having earned my professional debut at the club it’ll always have a special place in my heart and it’s where my rugby journey truly began.”

Blair added: “We’ve really enjoyed working with Freddie and it’s been great to see him develop as a player but, given the competition for places at his position, we both agreed it was right for him to move on to pursue other playing opportunities.

“We wish him the very best in his next steps and thank him for his commitment to the jersey.”


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2 Comments

  1. 100% agree GRob, watched him in a couple of games and can remember thinking “this laddie can run, but he can’t play rugby”.
    Hopefully he can go play/learn somewhere else.

  2. Having watched him a few times he is a example of having the raw power and pace certainly prized in todays rugby players however looked like a fish out of water with the technicalities of the game.
    A project player that unfortunately during his time was given plenty opportunities not afforded to young players with better rugby ability that have come up through the system. A signing that a talent scout with good rugby nous would probably not have made.

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