Crosbie fit and firing after penning new deal
Edinburgh Rugby is handed a major boost ahead of this Saturday’s Challenge Cup Round of 16 clash against Bath at DAM Health Stadium (16 April, kick-off 8pm) with the welcome return and re-signing of Scotland international back-row, Luke Crosbie.
Last year’s Player of the Season is back fit having been sidelined through injury since January and today put pen-to-paper on a new long-term deal with his hometown club.
Crosbie, 24, earned international honours in last October’s Autumn International Test against Tonga at BT Murrayfield and has made 65 appearances to date for the capital side.
Crosbie said: “I’m absolutely delighted to have re-signed with Edinburgh and I’m really looking forward to the future with this club.
“I’m really excited and I know my family are too. Re-signing means a lot to me, having come through Currie RFC while supporting Edinburgh as a young lad.
“My family still come down and support me every week – and they all wear the Edinburgh kit – so they’ll be really chuffed that they can continue to follow my journey with the club.”
A product of Livingston and Currie RFC, Crosbie made his Edinburgh Rugby debut against Zebre in October 2017 after progressing through the club's age-grade system and graduating from the FOSROC Scottish Rugby Academy.
Crosbie – who helped Scotland U20 to its highest-ever finish of fifth at the 2017 World Rugby U20 Championship – scored his first try for the club in the 14-37 Challenge Cup win against London Irish that same season.
The back-row saw more game time in 2018/19 and played a crucial role as Edinburgh secured a historic 17-28 away win in Toulon – becoming the first Scottish club to taste victory at the Stade Mayol – before earning a call-up to Scotland's Six Nations training squad ahead of the 2019 Championship.
The back-row made his 50th appearance against Scarlets in February 2021, before captaining his boyhood club for the first time in the home Rainbow Cup victory over Zebre in April 2021.
Crosbie was rewarded for a fine 2020/21 campaign when he was named Player of the Season, while also picking up the supporter-voted Caullie Lug Award for showing most commitment to the jersey.
A Scotland debutant against Tonga in October 2021, Crosbie kick-started the 2021/22 season in impressive form – picking up back-to-back Player of the Match awards in wins over Zebre and Dragons – and is back now back fit after picking up a lower leg injury in January.
Crosbie continued: “It was obviously frustrating to be injured earlier this season but that’s the sport we play and it’s brilliant to be back involved now. It’s a really important part of the season with big games coming up and I’m looking forward to getting back out there and playing with my teammates.”
Head Coach Mike Blair, added: “Luke [Crosbie] was one of our most consistent performers to start the season, so to have him back fit with the squad – while extending terms with the club – is absolutely huge for us. We’re excited to see him back involved for the business end of the campaign.
“He’s a local guy that takes huge pride in representing the club every time he pulls on the Edinburgh jersey. We’re delighted he’ll continue to play his rugby here as part of a really competitive back-row unit.”