22/23 Academy intake announced

22/23 Academy intake announced

​The 15 contracted FOSROC Scottish Rugby Academy players aligned to the club’s academy for the 2022/23 season has today been announced by Scottish Rugby.

Stand-off Matt Russell (Heriot’s Rugby), wing Ben Evans (Heriot’s Rugby), Lock Jamie Campbell (Heriot’s Rugby), tighthead Dan Gamble (Heriot’s Rugby), wing Nathan Sweeney (Heriot’s Rugby), full-back Harry Paterson (Watsonians), hooker Patrick Harrison (Watsonians), loosehead Mikey Jones (Boroughmuir Bears), back-row Rudi Brown (Southern Knights), back-row Harri Morris (Southern Knights), stand-off Cameron Scott (Southern Knights) and wing Jacob Henry (Southern Knights) are all retained having been part of the capital side’s academy in 21/22.

Tighthead prop Robbie Deans (Watsonians), back-row Liam McConnell (Boroughmuir Bears) and full-back/wing Finn Douglas (Southern Knights) are all new additions to the team’s academy after impressing at their respective clubs throughout last season.

The 2022/2023 seasonal cohort of Contracted Academy players will be the third group of players who have benefited from the closer involvement with Scotland’s two professional teams, with the first group benefiting in the 2020/2021 season and the second group in 2021/2022.

Being based in the pro-team enables them to train daily with professional players, coaches and support staff, in-turn helping them accelerate their development by being immersed in the pro-team club environment earlier and more often in their careers.

The approach has seen several players progress within the Scottish Rugby system with six from the 2021/2022 group graduating from the academy to sign their first professional rugby contracts with either Edinburgh Rugby or Glasgow Warriors.

Centre Matt Currie was one of those players that penned his first pro deal in 21/22 and he was subsequently selected by Scotland for this summer’s tour to South America where he started for Scotland ‘A’ in the win against Chile.

As in the three previous seasons all players have also been allocated to one of the FOSROC Super6 teams and will get regular game time in the FOSROC Super6 Championship which kicks off on Friday 5 August, with many having played in the FOSORC Super6 Sprint Series earlier this year.

Scottish Rugby’s Head of Player Transition Kenny Murray said: “It’s a really exciting time of the year for these players, and especially for the 13 new boys who will be immersed into the professional rugby environment for the first time, benefiting from all the support that the academy provides.

“To have more than a third of last year’s group sign professional contracts in Scotland is great as it shows the players that there are opportunities there if they work hard and show professional behaviours both on and off the pitch.

“We’re really looking forward to seeing these 30 players in the FOSROC Super6 Championship later this summer, with 12 of the players eligible for next year’s Under-20 Six Nations it will give them a good platform to experience senior rugby on, some of them for the first time.”

FOSROC Scottish Rugby Contracted Academy Players for 2022/2023 season
Aligned to Edinburgh Rugby Academy

Matt Russell (Heriot’s Rugby)**
Ben Evans (Heriot’s Rugby)**
Jamie Campbell (Heriot’s Rugby)**
Dan Gamble (Heriot’s Rugby)**
Nathan Sweeney (Heriot’s Rugby)**

Harry Paterson (Watsonians)**
Patrick Harrison (Watsonians)**
Robbie Deans (Watsonians)*

Liam McConnell (Boroughmuir Bears)*
Mike Jones (Boroughmuir Bears)**

Rudi Brown (Southern Knights)**
Harri Morris (Southern Knights)**
Cameron Scott (Southern Knights)**
Jacob Henry (Southern Knights)**
Finn Douglas (Southern Knights)*

** Retained FOSROC Scottish Rugby Contracted Academy Player from 2021/2022
*New FOSROC Scottish Rugby Contracted Academy Player

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