Capital kid Hoyland extends Edinburgh stay

Capital kid Hoyland extends Edinburgh stay

​Homegrown winger Damien Hoyland today celebrated his return to fitness by penning a new deal with Edinburgh Rugby, which will see the Scotland internationalist enter his ninth season in the capital.

Hoyland, 28, made his comeback from injury in Saturday’s sell-out clash against Ulster and is once again in line to feature this Saturday, as Edinburgh host Wasps in the EPCR Challenge Cup Quarter-Final at DAM Health Stadium (7 May, kick-off 12.30pm).

Hoyland is fast approaching centurion status with his boyhood club having made 91 appearances, seven years on from making his Edinburgh debut in February 2015.

“This will be my ninth season at Edinburgh and it’s the most excited I’ve ever been in my rugby career,” said Hoyland.

​“The brand of rugby we’re playing and the environment in the team is the best it’s ever been and I’m extremely proud to be part of that.” Damien Hoyland

Hoyland started the 2021/22 season with a bang and played an integral role as Edinburgh secured key victories against Vodacom Bulls – where he provided a try assist – and Dragons, with the winger crossing for the all-important bonus-point securing try at Rodney Parade.

Hoyland was subsequently named in Scotland’s 2021 Autumn Nations Series squad after an impressive start to the year, however a knee injury sustained against Benetton in December meant he was sidelined until last weekend.

Head Coach Mike Blair added: “We were really chuffed to see Damo [Hoyland] return to action last weekend as I know how hard he’s worked to get back fit."

​"Damo is a good man and someone that has a huge influence on our younger players coming through the academy." Head Coach Mike Blair

“He gives everything every time he pulls on the jersey, so to extend his contract is brilliant news for the club.”

A former pupil at the city’s James Gillespie High School, Hoyland rose through the ranks at Edinburgh Rugby, representing the city at U16, U17 and U18 levels.

The back-three specialist made his Edinburgh Rugby debut against Ospreys in February 2015, before enjoying a breakout second season that saw him score eight tries in 20 appearances during the 2015/16 campaign.

Hoyland was rewarded for his club form with a call-up to the Scotland squad for the 2015 Summer Tests and made his full international debut as a replacement in the 12-16 win over Italy at Stadio Olimpico.

It was another year until Hoyland was to feature again for Scotland – again on the summer tour – where he scored his first try for his country in the series opener against Italy in Singapore.

Hoyland endured frustrating 2017/18 and 2018/19 campaigns as he returned from respective foot and knee injuries, however he was back to his best in 2020/21 and is now enjoying a new lease of life under Head Coach Mike Blair.

Hoyland added: “We have a great group of boys and I’m really enjoying working with the coaches. I can’t wait to do my bit to help finish the year off with a bang as we build up to a number of huge fixtures for the club, including this month's 1872 Cup decider which is massive for the city.”

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