Edinburgh Rugby scoop Ulster wing Scholes

Edinburgh Rugby today announced the signing of Ulster wing Rory Scholes on a two-year deal. 

Rory Scholes

Scholes, 22, has made 22 appearances for Ulster Rugby since joining the club from Belfast Harlequins in 2013, and has signed a contract that will see him don the black and red until May 2018.

On signing the deal, Scholes said: “The move to Edinburgh is a good challenge for me at this point in my career. I think they’re a team on the up and that I, personally, can bring something to the squad, and I’m really looking forward to coming over and getting to work.

“It looks as if it’s an exciting place to be; it’s a great club which is going in the right direction and that’s something I want to be involved in.

“I’ve had some really positive conversations with Alan [Solomons] that ticked all the right boxes, and I’ve heard nothing but good reports about Duncan Hodge – he’s somebody I’m definitely looking forward to working with, and hope that he can help me develop and evolve my game.

“I can’t wait to get over and get started.”

A proven finisher, in 13 appearances for Ulster this season – eight in the Guinness PRO12 and five in the European Rugby Champions Cup – he has crossed the line on five occasions.

To add to his scoring credentials, Scholes also boasts some impressive attacking stats from this season; 70 carries, 22 clean breaks and 25 defenders beaten.

Belfast born and bred, the wing, who is also comfortable at full-back, scored 33 points in nine appearances for Ireland under-20.

Head Coach Alan Solomons said: “We are pleased to welcome Rory to the club.

“He is a talented young player who, I have no doubt, will make his mark here at Edinburgh."

Scholes is the third wing to pen a deal with Edinburgh Rugby ahead of next season, with Scotland caps Damien Hoyland and Tom Brown having already committed to further terms at the club.

Rory Scholes

DOB: 23/04/1993

Height: 1.85m

Weight: 94kg

Position: Wing/full-back

Honours: Ireland under-20


Edinburgh Rugby signings for season 2016/17

Rory Scholes

Ross Ford**

Allan Dell*

Simon Berghan*

Tom Brown**

Phil Burleigh

Cornell Du Preez

Neil Cochrane*

Duncan Weir**

Damien Hoyland**

Stuart McInally**

Sam Hidalgo-Clyne**

Chris Dean*

Alasdair Dickinson**

Ben Toolis**

Jamie Ritchie*


*  Scottish qualified

** Scotland internationalist