New EDP players named

Some seven new recruits have been aligned to Edinburgh Rugby as part of the national elite development player programme for the forthcoming season.

All bar one of the new recruits - Scotland 7s' Alex Glashan - have been plucked from a promising crop of Scotland under-18 players, the same class from which 17 year-old back-row Jamie Ritchie was selected and offered a senior deal.

Stephen Gemmell, Scottish Rugby’s Head of Performance Development, said: “Elite Development Players, aligned to our pro-clubs, work very hard to progress from aspiring professional players to, in some cases, the real deal.

“You just need to look at Matt Scott and Dougie Fife at Edinburgh Rugby or Jonny Gray and Adam Ashe at Glasgow Warriors as examples of what players who really commit to the programme can go on to achieve.

“This coming year, once again under the tutelage of Bryan Easson at Edinburgh and Iain Monaghan at Glasgow, and working very much in tandem with the coaches in the BT Premiership, all of Scottish rugby will look for these talented youngsters to make the step up.”

Edinbrugh Rugby EDP Newcomers

Hugh Fraser (18), scrum-half

Merchiston Castle School pupil Hugh Henry James Fraser came through the ranks with London clubs Teddington, Esher and London Irish and has represented Scotland at U16, U17, U18 and U19 (in the select v Australia).

Leading up to his international experience, Fraser also represented the Edinburgh U18 side, Middlesex at U14, U15 and U16, as well as the Harlequins rugby league side.

Alex Glashan (20), scrum-half

Glashan played for Scotland at U18 level in 2010/11 and 2011/12 and received a Scotland 7s aligned EDP contract in 2012.

A former pupil at Edinburgh Academy he gave a man-of-the-match performance when his school side won the Brewin Dolphin Scottish Schools under-15 Cup at Murrayfield in 2009. He also lifted the trophy in 2010 and 2012.

Ruairi Howarth (17), full-back/stand-off

Ruairi Joseph Patrick Howarth come through the ranks in the Scottish Borders, attending Stow Primary School and Galashiels Academy – runners up in the National Youth Cup – and progressing through the Gala RFC sides, from the mini Maroons, to the senior side. 

Howarth has played every age-grade for the Borders region (under-16, U17 and U18) and was also a member of the Scottish Borders Elite Development team for football and Border League champions Gala Fairydean, before earning the call up to the 2013/14 Scotland under-18 campaign, leading up to the 2014 FIRA-AER European Championship in Poland.

Jake Kerr (18), hooker

Hooker Jake Kerr is a three-time Brewin Dolphin Scottish Schools’ Cup winner (U16 and U18 twice), named man of the match in the most recent final.

Kerr, who has also ran cross-country for Scotland, has represented the Edinburgh region at under-16, U17 and U18 before being called up for Scotland under-18’s 2013/14 campaign, which included the 2014 FIRA-AER Championships in Poland.

 Ally Miller (18), number 8

Former Longniddry Primary School pupil and number 8 Ally Miller came through the ranks at East Lothian outfits Preston Lodge and Musselburgh RFC.

He then moved his secondary education to George Watson’s College, where he captained the successful school side to three consecutive Brewin Dolphin Scottish Schools Cup titles in 2012, 2013 and 2014, the latter year as deputy head boy.

It was during this time that he also earned his Scotland under-16 and under-18 honours, while he also led the under-19 select which faced in Australia in the autumn on 2013.

Ben Robbins (17), wing

George Watson’s College and Watsonians wing Ben Stuart Robbins is a three-time winner of the Brewin Dolphin Scottish Schools Cup (2011, 2012 and 2013), and picked up the man of the match award in the 2011 final.

He has played age-grade rugby for his region (Edinburgh) and Scotland at both under-16 and U18 levels, including the 2014 FIRA-AER European Championships in Poland, while his talents extend beyond the oval ball game.

His searing pace earning him U17 British Championship success at 400m. and saw him race to New Year Sprint glory in 2013, while we has also spent time as a professional youth footballer.

Callum Sheldon (18), prop

The former Queen Elizabeth School student played for Newcaslte Falcons under-15s and U16, including a match against Scotland U16, before being brought into the exiles programme.

He was then named as one of the 20 U17 players invited to Spain for the Vallodolid training camp before being selected for the national under-18 side for the 2013/14 season, leading up to the 2014 FIRA-AER European Championship in Poland.