Ross Thompson heads east to join Edinburgh

Stand-off has struggled for game-time at Scotstoun under Franco Smith

Ross Thompson will switch from Glasgow Warriors to Edinburgh this summer. Image: ©Craig Watson
Ross Thompson will switch from Glasgow Warriors to Edinburgh this summer. Image: ©Craig Watson

ROSS THOMPSON will leave Glasgow Warriors to join Edinburgh this summer on a one-year deal. The 25-year-old stand-off will relocate back to his home town having struggled to command regular game time-time under Franco Smith at Scotstoun, with just 12 appearances and five starts over the last two seasons.

With Adam Hastings returning to Warriors ahead of next season, playing opportunities were going to be even more scarce. Duncan Weir, Tom Jordan and rising star Richie Simpson are the other contenders for the Warriors No 10 jersey.

Thomspm will now compete against fellow Scotland international Ben Healy as well as Cam Scott for the capital club’s stand-off slot.

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“I’m very grateful to Glasgow Warriors for the opportunities that I’ve had which have allowed me to develop as a player and I’ve really enjoyed my time at the club,” said Thompson, who was born and raised in the Scottish capital and schooled at the city’s Stewart’s Melville College, before heading west to study law at Glasgow University and cutting his teeth in the senior game with Glasgow Hawks in the Premiership and then Ayrshire Bulls at the start of Super6/Series.

“However the chance to challenge myself in a new environment and hearing the way the Edinburgh players speak about the club, I know it’s a great team to be a part of. It’s clear to see the potential that the squad has and I’m excited about contributing towards that. The fact that I get to represent the city I grew up in makes the move extra special for me.

“I’ve had the chance to play alongside a lot of the players at Edinburgh already. I played with Connor Boyle and Jamie Hodgson at school, so it will be fun to get the chance to play alongside them again.

“I’ve seen how well they have done at Edinburgh which is great. I’ve also played with other players at U20 level through to recent Scotland camps I have been a part of, so hopefully it will make the move that bit easier knowing I’m already familiar with a lot of the players.”

Thompson played two seasons for Scotland Under-20s and spent three years in the Warriors academy before making his professional debut in the 10-7 defeat to Edinburgh at Murrayfield in January 2021.

He went on to become the third fastest player to reach 100 points in Warriors’ history and is one of only four players to break the 100-point mark in their debut season at the club. He won both Young Player of the Season and Player of the Season in only his second season in professional rugby with the Warriors and has made 48 appearances for the Glasgow club to date – making his Test debut against Tonga in 2021.

“Personally, I want to continue improve as a player and get the most out of myself and I believe that being at Edinburgh is the right place for that,” said Thompson.

“Having spoken to Sean Everitt, I think his philosophy of the game and the way Edinburgh are looking to play will suit my skill set. I know that everyone at the club has big ambitions and I want to try to contribute as much as I can on and off the field towards that.”



Edinburgh head coach, Everitt, said: “We’re thrilled to confirm the signing of Ross [Thompson]. He’s a really smart player with a great understanding of the game. He’s a strong decision-maker and a real threat with the ball in hand.

“His signing adds real competition for places in the number 10 jersey, which will ultimately benefit the entire squad.

“Ross is talented young player who has gained valuable experience at Glasgow Warriors. He is a proven goal-kicker and a fine game manager.

“We’re confident he will thrive in our environment and contribute significantly to the team next season.”

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  1. Hi surprised there is no article on Blair K, his appearance in the Champions Cup Final deserves one, far less his performance, which was exceptional. A real win for Scotland, they seem to have managed to turn him into a player that can concentrate and perform, a thing Edinburgh struggled to do.

    Well done him.

    • Agreed, he had a swagger about him – was decent in the air and I believe he saved a try as well.

      He’s really kicked on there 😀

  2. Some good comments about RT. However, the problem you have in being 2nd or 3rd choice in a specialist position like stand off is that the coach will generally use his first choice and so the idea that Ross will get a decent run is unlikely. He is more likely to get a few games of the bench but getting 10 or 15 minutes doesn’t really allow him to enhance his game.and the you have Cammy Scott who I have barely seen at Edinburgh – when does he get a game if everyone is fit?

    I don’t know the answer unless coaches are willing to give guys like RT some starts and rest Healy – we will see if that happens. I was worried when Price joined that Charlie Shiel would hardly get a game and this has happened. The importance of some decent A games is vital to allow these players to play and develop. I don’t know Ritchie Simpson at Glasgow but the same applies – how do you develop if you don’t play.?

    • By showing what you’re all about in training day jn day out. Making sure you stand out. Putting un the extra work and when you get the chance on the park, making it count. It’s not just about what you do on the park. Make it impossible for the coach to ignore you. How else to players break through around the world? Hard work. Not convinced the lad is all that.

    • Yes. Edinburgh will now need to finish a minimum of 7th in the table now to qualify for the champions cup. If we cannot do that by beating Benetton then we would probably be better off in the Challenge Cup. No point being promoted beyond your station.

  3. Hastings is not the answer he is a show pony and he has been hopeless so far for gloucester tonight. His defence is still non existant, his game control is non existant and he still tries to run too much with little effect. IMHO Thomson will do very well at Edinburgh and he is a more balanced 10 than Healey who is a lumbering 6 3 with a big boot. However, as with all project players noone will recognise Healeys limitations as it means that someone at Murrayfield got it wrong again.

  4. Franco played 10 and 12 so you’ve got to believe as a coach he knows what he is looking for in a standoff. However, I do at times wonder how some of these decisions are influenced by the SRU rather than the club.

    Hopefully RT can stay injury free, get a run of games and show everyone what he’s all about.

  5. Just not enough potential international home grown 10s. Hastings is pushing 28 / 29 and prob not got that much of a future – always see him as a bit of a joker than a serious international 10.

    Why are there no top level 10s coming through? Is our PDP not strong enough in Scotland???

    • Hastings has improved a lot over this year as he came back from injury. I’m really hoping he gets back to his early promise

  6. Brilliant – hopefully get much more chance in Edinburgh and get back playing with a smile on his face like he had….wow, seasons ago. Definitely got two quality 10s now and Edinburgh need to show confidence in him 👍

  7. I know the lad had some injury issues at Glasgow but believe he has had the opportunities and not really grabbed them. He kicks reasonably well but for me lacks pace and incisiveness and not as brave as a Jordan or even Weir both sides of the ball. Doesn’t match with the Glasgow style for me so hope he does well up the M8 (once Embra decide on a playing style).

  8. I hope Ross Thompson settles in quickly and could get an extension on his contract.I imagine Healy will go on the summer tour and Ross and Cammy will play pre season as Healy gets rest time.

  9. Well that’s a surprise I don’t think. Who is this supposed to benefit, Scotland , Glasgow or Edinburgh?. I’m not really a fan of Thompson but I think he has not been developed properly or treated well by Glasgow. Glasgow need someone in the Finn mold who can play close to the line and put people in to space with deft little passes and cleaver kicks. I’m not sure we have anyone like that any more in Hastings , Jordan or Weir. Time will tell, good luck to the man at Edinburgh.

  10. Three 10’s at both clubs now ( without academy players) seems a fair idea… now get all the up and coming boys playing please 👍

  11. Think the last game I seen Thompson play was in the rain at Benetton, I thought he had a great game.

  12. Agree. Franco clearly does not think he fits the plans at Warriors. A lot of Warriors fans don’t understand Franco’s preference for Weir and Jordan has no kicking game as we saw costing us badly against Lions. Let’s hope Hastings goes well and Ross proves at Edinburgh that he is a starting 10.

    • For goodness sake, Tom Jordan’s kicking game did not cost Glasgow against Lions! Jordan was off the field from the 35th minute when the score was 8-7 to Lions. The damage was done by a complete failure (by players and coach) to not chase the game and keep it tight and use the extra man in the forwards to batter Lions pack into submission in the set pieces and rucks. Instead, we played 7s style fast open and loose rugby which invited Lions’ exceptionally fast strike runners into the game. 2 Lions tries were caused by our backs running away from support and getting turned over cheaply. Another brain fade by a Glasgow team that is in danger of wasting it’s potential. Oh, and I think Thompson is talented so hopefully he will get more game time at Edinburgh and develop into a top level 10.

  13. So when Hastings inevitably gets injured our other options are Weir? Massive respect for meatball but the drop off in quality when he replaced TJ v Lions was massive. R.Simpson needs to really step up because if Glasgow want to be seen as a top 4 team they need quality deputies and sorry but Dunc is just not that standard anymore.

  14. So when Hastings inevitably gets injured our other options are Weir? Massive respect for meatball but the drop off in quality when he replaced TJ v Lions was massive. R.Simpson needs to really step up because if Glasgow want to be seen as a top 4 team they need quality deputies and sorry but Dunc is just not that standard anymore.

  15. Given Franco smith doesn’t seem to want him looks a sensible move for everyone. Some competition for Healy -crazy that he’s had to play virtually every minute this season-as absolutely no realistic back up apart from Cammy Scott(although Lang was obviously covering 10 on one or two occasions this season).

    • Best of luck to the lad, not sure he did anything wrong. Jordan is a really good 12 who covers 10 well, but as you say doesn’t have any real kicking game.

      Not seen anything of Simpson yet, anyone else?

      • Saw lots of Simpson at age grade and it’s all there but as with Thompson if coaches refuse to play youngsters they can’t develop. Both are actual natural 10s so already got more than Healy but foreign project players always get the nod cos noone at SRU will admit to expensive mistakes. Hope RT gets some proper game time finally.


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