Farndale pens permanent deal

Farndale pens permanent deal

Edinburgh have today completed the signing of winger Jamie Farndale on a permanent deal from Scotland Sevens.

Farndale, 25, has been with the club since the summer – featuring in five games this campaign – and now pens a full-time deal with his hometown team.

The winger has been impressive in limited appearances this season, grabbing scores against Zebre and Leinster in the Guinness PRO14.

On signing a permanent deal, Farndale, said: “I’m delighted to sign this deal. Edinburgh is the club that I grew up supporting and having come through the club’s age-grade teams and academy system, it has been a huge part of my rugby career.

“The team is in a very exciting place just now. The boys that are here and the environment and coaching all make it a great place to be. I really believe there are big days for the club not so far away and I’m excited for the opportunity to be part of that.”

Head Coach Richard Cockerill, added: “We’re delighted that Jamie has signed on a permanent deal. He’s a hardworking player who always gives 100 percent.

“Jamie’s skillset brings something different to our back-three and we’re excited to see him kick on further at his hometown team.”

Born in Winchester, Farndale came through the ranks at Edinburgh Academy where he tasted Scottish Schools Cup wins at both U15 and U18 level, before a development contract with Edinburgh sprouted a professional career.

Farndale made his professional debut from the bench against Cardiff Blues in April 2012 – replacing club legend Chris Paterson – which would be his only appearance during his first spell with capital club.

After a move to Scotland Sevens, Farndale made his debut for the abbreviated side at the 2015 London Sevens. He finished the 2015/16 campaign with 27 tries, and was instrumental in helping his side to a first-ever cup victory at Twickenham in 2016.

Twelve months later, he was part of the squad that defended their London title by beating the hosts 12-7 in the final. Along the way, Farndale’s brace helped his side become the first Scottish representative side to beat New Zealand as they came from 21-0 down to beat the men in black 24-21 in the cup Quarter-Final.

Farndale was selected for the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia, before being named in the squad for the 2018 Sevens World Cup in San Francisco.

The winger re-joined Edinburgh Rugby as part of the club’s wider pre-season squad ahead of the 2019/20 season and soon picked up game time in the Guinness PRO14.

Farndale capped off a quality cameo against Zebre in the season opener with his first try for the club, before following it up with an impressive start against Leinster at the RDS Arena which saw the winger touch down once again in the corner.

The winger has scored two tries in seven appearances during his time in the Scottish capital and today pens a permanent deal.

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