NEWS | Back-three trio extend their stay in the capital

Backs Blair Kinghorn, Damien Hoyland and Duhan van der Merwe have today all committed their immediate futures to Edinburgh. 

The back-three trio have been in fine form this season, scoring 15 tries between them in all competitions. Kinghorn, Van der Merwe and Hoyland have all chosen to extend their stay in the capital on three, two and one year deals respectively. 

On the trio committing their immediate futures to the club, Edinburgh Head Coach Richard Cockerill said: “It’s great news that all three players have chosen to stay in Edinburgh. It’s a huge boost to both the club and the strong culture that we’re continuing to develop.

“Blair [Kinghorn] has been one of our most dangerous players this season and was fully deserving of his call up to the Scotland squad for the NatWest 6 Nations – and he’s only continuing to develop.”

“Duhan [van der Merwe] – since returning from injury – and Damien [Hoyland] have already demonstrated throughout the season that they’re potent finishers and they’re both central to our plans moving forward.”

A product of Edinburgh Academy, Kinghorn, 21, joined the club on return from the 2015 World Rugby U20 Championship in Italy.

After making his professional debut against Zebre the following year, Kinghorn has made Edinburgh’s number 15 jersey his own – notching up 59 appearances for the club. The age-grade international currently leads the Guinness PRO14 in both metres gained and defenders beaten, and has eight tries so far this season.

Kinghorn was named in the Scotland squad ahead of the 2018 NatWest 6 Nations and on Sunday was an unused substitute as Gregor Townsend's side defeated France 32-26.

On re-signing with the club, Kinghorn said: “I'm really excited to be staying at Edinburgh for the next three years. We've got a great group of players and coaches and we’re building something special.”

Edinburgh born-and-bred wing, Damien Hoyland, joined his hometown team from BT Premiership side Melrose 2014 and has since made 58 appearances for the club. 

He made his Scotland debut during the summer test victory over Italy in 2015 and has thus far earned four caps, scoring one try in the process.

The 24-year-old wing has crossed the whitewash three times this season and said: “I’m delighted to have committed to Edinburgh for another year.

“I’m very excited to be at a club that’s constantly moving forward and I’m grateful to be part of that. It’s also another great opportunity to further improve as a player and I’m more determined than ever to do so.”

Springbok age-grade internationalist, van der Merwe, joined the club from Montpellier last summer; making his debut against Cheetahs during Edinburgh’s two-week tour of South Arica.

Prior to making the move to the northern hemisphere, van der Merwe made two appearances for Super Rugby franchise, Blue Bulls, after playing for the club’s U19 and U21 sides.

The 6ft3in, 110kg wing also represented South Africa at U20 level in the 2014 Junior World Championship and on Friday night scored his fourth try of the season in Edinburgh’s 29-24 victory over Leinster.

On penning a new deal, van der Merwe said: “Re-signing with Edinburgh is providing me with a brilliant opportunity. I am really excited to be part of this era of Edinburgh Rugby, and to be part of this fantastic time of growth and success for the club.”