Scottish Rugby Academy contracted players for 2021-22 confirmed

Each player will be aligned with either Edinburgh or Glasgow Warriors as well as a Super6 team

Rhys Tait will be aligned with Glasgow Warriors and Boroughmuir Bears next season as a stage three Scottish Rugby Academy player. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Rhys Tait will be aligned with Glasgow Warriors and Boroughmuir Bears next season as a stage three Scottish Rugby Academy player. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

THE identities of the 30 male players contracted to the FOSROC Scottish Rugby Academy for the 2021-2022 season have been confirmed. The cohort will be evenly aligned to Glasgow Warriors or Edinburgh Rugby, enabling them to train daily with professional players and coaches, and five players have been allocated to each Super6 club.

Some 18 of the players announced today have been retained from last year, while 16 of the 30 were part of the 2021 Scotland U20 Six Nations squad.

In this intake there are 12 new players who have signed as Contracted Academy players for the first time.


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“Last year was the first time that the Contracted Academy players were aligned with the professional teams,” said Scottish Rugby’s Director of Performance Jim Mallinder.

“Even with the challenges that Covid-19 has provided, a number of young players were able to gain valuable experience in the pro-team environment.

“To have 12 new additions who will be able to benefit from the support that the FOSROC Scottish Rugby Academy provides is fantastic.”

The 30 players aligned to Glasgow Warriors and Edinburgh Rugby for the 2021/22 season are:

Glasgow Warriors (15 players)

  • Jamie Drummond – Ayrshire Bulls**
  • Alex Samuel – Ayrshire Bulls*
  • Rory Jackson – Ayrshire Bulls*
  • Christian Townsend – Ayrshire Bulls**
  • Finlay Callaghan – Ayrshire Bulls*
  • Robbie McCallum – Boroughmuir Bears*
  • Gregor Brown – Boroughmuir Bears*
  • Michael Gray – Boroughmuir Bears*
  • Rhys Tait – Boroughmuir Bears**
  • Euan Ferrie – Boroughmuir Bears**
  • Murphy Walker – Stirling County*
  • Angus Fraser – Stirling County*
  • Max Williamson – Stirling County*
  • Euan Cunningham – Stirling County*
  • Ross McKnight – Stirling County**

Edinburgh Rugby (15 players)

  • Ben Evans – Heriot’s Rugby**
  • Matt Russell – Heriot’s Rugby**
  • Michael Jones – Heriot’s Rugby**
  • Dan Gamble – Heriot’s Rugby*
  • Jamie Campbell – Heriot’s Rugby**
  • Nathan Sweeney – Southern Knights*
  • Jacob Henry – Southern Knights*
  • Cameron Scott – Southern Knights*
  • Patrick Harrison – Southern Knights*
  • Harri Morris – Southern Knights**
  • Harry Paterson – Watsonians Rugby*
  • Cole Lamberton – Watsonians Rugby**
  • Rudi Brown – Watsonians Rugby**
  • Matt Currie – Watsonians Rugby*
  • Roan Frostwick – Watsonians Rugby*

* Retained FOSROC Scottish Rugby Contracted Academy player from 2020/2021
** New FOSROC Scottish Rugby Contracted Academy player


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3 Comments

  1. Let’s hope they get used by the head coaches to prove that they are International class (for when the time is right).

  2. Good to see these players confirmed for next season, and undoubtedly some fine prospects among them.
    Four points of interest for me.
    Firstly, Murphy Walker and Roan Frostwick are both going into their 4th year of the Academy. There was meant to be a self-declared maximum of 3 seasons in the Academy, but presumably, the SRU have used common sense to mitigate the impact of COVID/injury/non rugby to extend these two guys by a year. Good move.
    Secondly, when Edinburgh inducted Dan Gamble into Academy, they said he, Muncaster and Chamberlain would move on to full contracts this year. The other two have, but Dan has been held back. He looked very promising in his early pro appearances, so this must be to do with his injury and the rate of progress he will be able to make this season after it. Again, flexible thinking to be commended.
    Thirdly, only 12 of the 30 are eligible for under 20s next year. That compares unfavourably with the 18 who were eligible last season. Hope we have managed to balance loyalty to those held back by covid, with opportunity for the next age group.
    Fourthly, of those omitted from last year, I wonder if any may have full contracts announced in the next wee while – e.g. Melville, De Bruyn – or if all are being deemed not good enough yet?

    • Someone on the Glasgow boards said De Bruyn had signed with Lions in SA.

      Don’t think that necessarily means he’s lost to Scottish rugby but probably depends how next few years Pam out for him.

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