Harri Morris joins Doncaster on season-long loan from Edinburgh

The 21-year-old hooker hopes to impress at the Yorkshire club and return to the capital a better player in a year's time

Harri Morris
Former Scotland Under-20 forward Harri Morris is moving on loan from Edinburgh to Doncaster. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

HOOKER Harri Morris is leaving Edinburgh Rugby’s academy to join Doncaster Knights on a season-long loan. The 21-year-old will link up with two members of Glasgow Warriors’ academy, Rhys Tait and Archie Smeaton, who this week have moved to the Yorkshire club on permanent deals.

“I’m really excited to make the move to Doncaster this summer and test myself in a new environment,” Morris said. “I’ve heard really positive things about the club and I’ve got no doubt increased playing time at senior level will really help elevate my game.

“I want to keep progressing as a hooker so I’m really grateful of this opportunity with Doncaster. If I perform well, I can hopefully kick on and return to Edinburgh as a much more rounded player at the position.”

Academy Coach Rob Chrystie said: “Harri is an exciting young player who has recently converted from back row to hooker. This season-long loan is an important part of his long-term development plan.

“He will continue to receive our full support, and we are really looking forward to seeing him play week in and week out in the Championship before returning to Edinburgh Rugby to compete for a first-team spot.”

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11 Comments

  1. An Edinburgh/Glasgow academy side would not be strong enough to play in the Championship

  2. Interesting speculation that the IRFU have had ‘informal talks’ with the RFU about rescuing London Irish and using them to reduce their bottleneck of talent in their 4 provinces.
    Politics won’t let it happen but would make sense on so many levels if SRU had an equivalent outlet.

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  3. The English Championship does not contain clubs that meet the Premiership criteria. Jersey Reds and Trailfinders are quality clubs both on and off the field topped the league but failed to be accepted by the Premiership this season. The whole financial structure is wrong. Which club can afford the millions to upgrade their ground to meet the criteria on the hope that the Premiership MIGHT accept them or has the millions in the bank to pay for life at the top level? London Scottish has always been open to accepting players from north of the border and has been the nursery for internationals both at fifteen and sevens. It was also the first professional club to be put into administration and dropped ten leagues by the RFU. The long road back to the Championship was successfully achieved due to diligent management and a core group of very committed individuals. The SRU wanted no part of it. Scottish rugby politics have been frustrating and myopic over the years. A third pro team is a ‘must’ – London Scottish has a great coaching team currently with first class facilities. Doncaster may be part of the answer, the other part might well lie in London.

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    • You’ve missed out quite a lot of the story. The SRU has had multiple attempts to set up a partnership with LS over the last 10-15 years and each has collapsed. It’s not for want of trying, but LS have declined significantly since they were aspiring to promotion, and now they are a feeder club for Harlequins it seems any chance has passed.

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  4. So London Scottish previously aligned in some form with SRU but clearly from current evidence geographically Doncaster is viewed as a preferred option for these young players. It is a shame that a Scottish Academy team drawn from both Edinburgh and Glasgow would not compete in the Championship. With the financial issues facing some of the English Premiership and the fact that 3 teams have now been removed there must surely be an opportunity for some type of restructure to replace these teams and whether or not there could be a place for a Scottish Academy team within the Championship particularly if other Championship sides meet the criteria to play in Premiership and move up ?
    There have been and are a number of players currently active in the Championship – Chamberlain , Wara , Scott , Morris , Gamble and now Smeaton and Tait. There are also players soon to be out of contract eg Rudi Brown. It is a shame that these players could not be offered the same opportunity within the Scottish setup , as an Academy team sitting between Super 6 and the Pro teams and as these players appear to be at a level compatible with the English Championship – that there is not the opportunity to put a Scottish Academy team into the English Championship ..
    Unlikely ever to be feasible with the politics of rugby as they are but concerning to see so much potential heading South when there could be an opportunity to develop a ? Academy team capable of competing and developing within the Championship and filling the gap between Super 6 and Pro teams

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    • It’s a bigger shame that one of the Scottish sides can’t find a place for Scottish players due to the obsession with PED guzzling South African players.

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  5. Why do some of these guys not go to London Scottish? Could that not be our third pro team?

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  6. Given that Doncaster is technically part of Scotland, perhaps that’s where the SRU could base their 3rd pro team….

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