Fowles and Toolis commit to capital club

Scrum half Nathan Fowles, who joined Edinburgh on loan in February until the end of the season, has signed with the club until May 2016 while lock Alex Toolis has committed to the club for a further season.

Nathan Fowles
 
Brought in from Sale Sharks to cover injury and RBS 6 Nations duty challenges, Fowles made his debut off the bench against Cardiff on 1 March and his first start came against Munster earlier this month.
 
Fowles said: "I've really enjoyed my time here so far, they're a good bunch of lads, great backroom staff and Edinburgh's an ambitious club. We've seen that in the last few weeks, going from the quarter-final through to a first European final for the club, which is massive and I'm excited to be part of it.
 
With four caps to his credit now, in both Guinness PRO12 and European action, he's enjoyed a solid start to his time with the capital club. So what have been the highlights of the last two months?
 
He said: "Starting against Munster has been a highpoint – I know the result didn't go our way – but it was nice to get that first start and get into my game a little bit more.


 "Obviously the Cup semi final was great and I felt really privileged to be part of it. A lot of lads have worked really hard to get us to that point and it would be great to be involved in the final, which is going to be a massive occasion.” 

Arriving in the city and being put straight on to the bench – albeit as an unused sub – against Ulster, he's had to find his feet off the pitch – as well as on it – fairly rapidly.
 
He said: "Edinburgh's a beautiful city. I'm living with a few of the boys – Dents and Matty Scott, they're good lads – so they're showing me the ropes, and with the sun shining in the last few weeks it's even better.”
 
Scottish qualified through a grandfather from Edinburgh, he's looking forward to welcoming his family to BT Murrayfield, and the city, this weekend.
 
Fowles said: "They've been up a couple of times before – and obviously my granddad was born here so he knows it, though it's been a while since he's been back, so it'll bring back some good memories for him.”
 
Nathan Fowles – biography
Born:            8 April 1993 in Rochdale
H:                 5ft 10in
W:                87kg
Scrum half
 
Alex Toolis
 
In summer 2013 Alex, along with twin brother Ben, signed Academy contracts with Edinburgh Rugby and by the end of the season both had graduated to the full time professional ranks.
 
Like his brother, he had played volleyball for Queensland and, in rugby, represented the Australian state in the IRB Pacific Nations Cup. Both spent a period on loan to London Irish last season – the first set of twins to start for the club at lock – and are now continuing their rugby journey with the capital club.
 
Toolis said: "I went down to London Irish for the second time, to get some footy in, at the start of the season and got called back to Edinburgh to play but then was unlucky with an injury – I broke my toe.
 
"So I missed out on the opportunity to start for Edinburgh against Leinster, which was pretty disappointing."

Well settled in the city, loving life with Edinburgh and proud of his brother's achievements, Alex is looking forward to another season with the capital club.
 
He said:

"I've been enjoying playing club rugby and went through to Glasgow to play there for a few weeks. Now I'm back in Edinburgh, training hard and looking forward to taking this opportunity with both hands." 

Alex Toolis – biography
Born:              31 March 1992 in Brisbane
H:                   6ft 7in
W:                  115kg
Position:         Lock
 

After European Challenge Cup semi final success last weekend, Edinburgh refocus their energies on the Guinness PRO12 and the quest for a sixth place finish this Friday when they meet Zebre at BT Murrayfield (kick-off 7.35pm).

Tickets for the fixture are priced at £20 (adults, if bought by midnight Thursday - £25 on match day), £10 (concessions) and £5 under-18s.

Tickets for the European Challenge Cup Final, where Edinburgh meet Gloucester on Friday 1 May at Twickenham Stoop, are currently on sale through the club to supporters with Scottish postcodes. See the web site at www.edinburghrugby.org for more details