Graham signs professional deal with Edinburgh Rugby

Edinburgh Rugby has signed promising Scotland U20 and BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy wing Darcy Graham on a two-year deal, which will keep him at the club until at least May 2019. 

The 19-year-old will join the club ahead of the 2017/18 season.

Graham is an accomplished back-three player and is part of the current Scotland U20 squad, starting in the recent Six Nations matches against Ireland and France.

An astute and attack-minded player, Graham has scored two tries in his eight caps for the senior age-grade side, including a sensational score against Australia in last year’s World Rugby U20 Championship, which helped guide his side to their first win over the men in gold at U20 level.

Graham is a regular feature for his hometown club, Hawick, in the BT Premiership and has progressed from Scotland U18, where he scored a memorable intercept try against England in March 2015.

Graham said: “I’m absolutely delighted to have signed my first pro contract with Edinburgh Rugby. It’s a young and exciting squad and I’m looking forward to being a part of the club.

“I know a few of the boys from playing with them at under-20 level and that helped in making my decision. They speak highly of the club and it seems like there’s a good buzz around the current group.

“Coming up through the [BT Sport Scottish Rugby] Academy really helped me develop as a player, both mentally and physically.

“I’m fully aware the professional environment will be a big step-up but I’m excited to get involved and challenge myself to keep learning from the coaches and players around me.” 

Acting Head Coach, Duncan Hodge, said: “Darcy is one of the most exciting prospects in Scottish rugby and we’re delighted to have him join the club.

“He’s an extremely talented rugby player and a natural athlete. With the commitment and competitive drive he possesses, we’re sure he’ll thrive in a fully-professional environment.

“He’s a welcome addition to our back-division and we look forward to working with him next season.”