Back-row Boyle pens new deal

Back-row Boyle pens new deal

​Edinburgh Rugby has secured the re-signing of highly-rated home grown back-row Connor Boyle ahead of Friday night’s crunch URC clash against Connacht at DAM Health Stadium.

The former Scotland U20 captain, 22, has enjoyed a breakout 2021/22 campaign under Head Coach Mike Blair, making eight appearances in all competitions for the capital side.

Boyle joins fellow Academy graduates Matt Currie [21], Cammy Hutchison [23], Marshall Sykes [22] and Jamie Hodgson [23] in extending terms with Edinburgh Rugby this season.

On penning a new deal, Boyle, said: “I’m absolutely delighted to sign a new deal with Edinburgh. This is the club I’ve grown up supporting and to play for them now is unbelievable.

“I’m really happy to have had a consistent run of games over the last few weeks. I haven’t had this much rugby since U20s and playing again is allowing me to get back into the groove. I still have a long way to go, but I feel I’m getting better each game.”

A former pupil at the city’s Stewart’s Melville College, the abrasive back-row has impressed at every age-grade, representing Scotland at U16, U18 and U20 levels.

Having played senior rugby with Stewart’s Melville RFC as a schoolboy, Boyle made the move to Watsonians while studying for a degree in International Business Management at Heriot Watt University.

The back-row was named as Scotland U20 captain for 2019 U20 Six Nation before being named in the Watsonians Rugby squad for the inaugural FOSROC Super6 Championship.

Boyle made his Edinburgh Rugby debut against Connacht at BT Murrayfield in October 2020, before making his first start for the club in this season’s United Rugby Championship Round 2 clash against Benetton.

The back-row is now relishing the thought of making his first home start at DAM Health Stadium this Friday night.

“This Connacht game is massively important for us as a club and as a squad. They are just below us in the league and we want to prove that we can beat teams no matter who we are missing,” continued Boyle.

“It would be unbelievable to make my first home start for the club in such an occasion, while the opportunity to play in front of my friends and family at DAM Health Stadium would be unbelievable.”

Head Coach Mike Blair added: “I’ve been really impressed with Connor this season. Not just in the way he’s performed in a run of really tough fixtures for the club, but in the way he’s matured into a real leader among a highly competitive back-row unit.

“Connor is still a young man, and still has plenty to work on and develop as player, but we’ve been delighted to see him take advantage of increased game time these past months – he’s been given that opportunity and really excelled.

“Connor is a really coachable player too. He takes in everything we’re trying to develop as a team and you can see that in the way he’s played this season. We’re really happy to see him re-sign.”

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