Boyle extends terms with hometown team
Edinburgh Rugby have continued to bolster their squad for next season with the re-signing of highly-rated back-row and former Scotland U20 captain, Connor Boyle.
Boyle, 21, extends terms with his boyhood club having enjoyed a breakout campaign in 2020/21 that saw the former Stewart’s Melville College and Watsonians talent make his professional debut for the capital side.
The openside flanker - who featured for Watsonians in last season's FOSROC Super6 - has played in four Guinness PRO14 games so far this season after making his senior debut against Connacht in October 2020.
On penning a new deal, Boyle said: “It’s amazing to get the chance to play for my local club and making my debut was one of the proudest achievements in my career so far.
“Edinburgh Rugby’s back-row is probably up there with the most competitive positional groups in world rugby, so to get the chance to play is a real honour for me.
“Professional rugby is definitely a huge step up in all aspects of the game. I was unlucky this year to miss out on the majority of pre-season with a shin injury, so I’m looking forward to seeing what I can achieve with a proper run of training and matches.”
Boyle – who is currently studying part-time towards a degree in International Business Management at Heriot Watt University – has represented Scotland at every age-grade since the age of 16.
And now Boyle is keen to continue his development at professional level, with the prospect of playing at Edinburgh Rugby’s new purpose-built home a massive incentive for the burgeoning back-row.
“I’m constantly working hard to try and improve all aspects of my game and Edinburgh Rugby has plenty of world class players that I can learn from every day,” continued Boyle.
“I have learned so much about being a professional from the older players at the club. It’s always useful to have players ahead of you so that you can keep pushing yourself to try and make it to their level.
“For the players, it’s really exciting to have the new stadium on the horizon and the pitch is super-fast to play on.
“The one thing you notice instantly is that the stands are really close to the pitch, so you can imagine when we finally get fans back that it will be some atmosphere on match day.”
Head Coach Richard Cockerill, added: “Connor has shown glimpses of real talent in limited games so far – he’s got that natural instinct around the breakdown that all quality back-row players seem to possess.
“He’s a hard-working, local lad that just wants to represent his hometown club, and for us as coaches, that’s exactly what you want to see in your players.
“We’re really excited to see Connor continue his development within a world-class positional group. We’ve got high hopes for him at Edinburgh Rugby.”