Miller signs two-year deal with Edinburgh Rugby

Edinburgh Rugby today announced the signing of BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy back-row Ally Miller on a two-year deal, which will see him serve his hometown club until May 2019.

Ally Miller in action for London Scottish

Miller was one of a number of players who moved down south to the London Scottish at the start of the 2016/17 season as part of Scottish Rugby’s partnership with the Richmond club, making 15 appearances during his tenure in the English Championship.

The back-row also recently made his Scotland 7s debut in Las Vegas and was yesterday named in the representative team’s squad for this year’s Hong Kong Sevens.

He is a product of the Scotland age-grade system having played for the national U18 and U20 side, where notably he received a Man of the Match award in an away win over their Italian counterparts in the 2016 Six Nations.

Miller is familiar with Myreside having built his playing reputation with George Watson’s College with whom he lifted three consecutive Scottish Schools’ Cup titles – once at U16 level and twice at U18, the latter two titles of which he won as the side’s captain.     

Prior to playing for London Scottish, Miller featured for Melrose in the BT Premiership.                                                                                  

On signing with Edinburgh Rugby, he said: “Coming through the Academy system and being an Edinburgh boy, signing for the club was always a goal of mine.

“My time at London Scottish has helped me massively. Immersing myself in a professional environment and competing in a tough league has really brought my game on.

“Edinburgh seems to be going in the right direction and I’m excited to work with a talented group. A lot of my peers – Jamie, Magnus and the likes – have been given a chance at the club and have really shown what they’re about, so I’m hoping I can do the same.

“Signing a fully pro-deal is the next step-up in my career, and I’m excited for what lies ahead.”

Acting Head Coach Duncan Hodge added: “We’ve been tracking Ally for a while now, and feel that his time as part of the BT Sport Academy and at London Scottish has served him well.

“He’s a mobile back-row and his style of play suits our attacking mind-set, so we’re excited to see what he has to offer at the club. 

“It’s also great to be adding another young, Scottish talent to the squad, where he’s joined by a number of his national age-grade colleagues in the likes of Jamie Ritchie and Magnus Bradbury in the back-row.”