Fresh Faces: Meet Lang and Young
With the Harlequins duo set to join the club for the start of the 2021-22 season, get to know Edinburgh Rugby's latest signings: James Lang and Glen Young.
From early beginnings to life at Harlequins, we take a deep dive into the careers of our latest recruits who will link-up with the squad this coming summer.
Meet James Lang...
Place of Birth: Ashford, Middlesex
Height: 1.83m (6ft)
Weight: 95kg (14.9st)
International record: 5 caps for Scotland, international debut against Canada in 2018
Through the ranks
A product of the London Irish Academy at U16 and U17, James Alexander Lang played for Middlesex County at U16 and U18 levels and was sports captain (2011) for his school, Ashford CofE, before earning his first Scotland call for the U18 side in 2013.
Lang joined Harlequins ahead of the 2016/17 season from Rugby Gogledd Cymru in North Wales. He made his debut away against Exeter Chiefs that same year and has since gone on to be a regular in the Senior Men's team at Twickenham Stoop.
Able to cover fly-half and centre with equal levels of adeptness, and with a thunderous boot from the tee and in hand, Lang has been a pivotal member of the Harlequins squad since his debut in 2016.
A cool, calm operator, the Ashford-born back made his name with a couple of standout performances in the Quarters, most notably in the famous last-minute victory against Saracens at The Stoop in 2017/18.
The playmaker's metronomic kicking and impressive physicality kept his side in the contest and gave them the opportunity to win the match in the closing seconds.
In August 2018, Lang became the 1092nd player to represent Scotland when he started the national team's 48-10 win over Canada on the Summer tour.
The playmaker made an appearance from the bench in the 2018 Summer Tour victory over Argentina, before injury ruled him out of international rugby for most of 2019.
Lang returned to Scotland duty for the 2020 Autumn Nations Cup where featured in wins over Georgia and Wales.
On making his Scotland debut: "To get my first cap was really special for me and my family. It will stick with me until the end of time."
Get to know him!
Find out more about our latest signing below as he caught up with Scottish Rugby during this season's Autumn Nations Cup.
Meet Glen Young...
Place of Birth: Jedburgh
Height: 1.98m (6ft7in)
Weight: 113kg (17.8st)
International record: Capped for Scotland U20 (7 appearances)
Through the ranks
A Jed-Forest RFC man through and through, Young started his rugby career as a winger then full-back before a late growth spirt at age 15 saw him move into the second-row.
The lock joined English Premiership side Newcastle Falcon's Academy as an 18-year-old in 2012 while he developed his skills as an Apprentice Mechanical Engineer.
Young first played a part in the Falcons Under 18s side in the 2012-13 season during which he also made several appearances for the club's A Team.
The following season saw Young become an A Team regular whilst maintaining dual registration with National League 2 side Darlington Mowden Park.
First XV and age-grade honours
2014/15 saw Young make his first XV debut for the Falcons while also representing Scotland U20 for the first time. The lock made his international age-grade debut in the the 2014 U20 Six Nations opener against Ireland.
He would go on to receive seven caps at U20 level including a trip to New Zealand as part of Scotland’s Junior World Championship squad in 2014.
Having signed a contract extension with Newcastle Falcons midway through that season, 2014/15 represented Young’s first as a full time member of the Falcons Senior Academy.
A Young Knight
The lock played the 2015/16 season on dual registration with Doncaster Knights where he was named in the Championship Dream Team after helping lead the Castle Park side to the Play-off Final.
Young made his Premiership debut for the Falcons the following season and played a huge role in Newcastle’s Challenge Cup campaign in 2016-17.
Champions Cup to Championship rugby
After making his Heineken Champions Cup debut against Toulon in 2018, Young faced-off against his new club with Edinburgh drawn in the same pool as Newcastle Falcons.
The capital side secured back-to-back wins over the Falcons en route to the last 16, with the lock enjoying plenty of game time for a young Kingston Park side that suffered relegation that same year.
A move to Twickenham stoop
Young was one of Newcastle Falcons' most consistent performers in 2018-19 and - following their relegation - signed for Harlequins ahead of the new campaign.
The lock has so far made 27 appearances for Harlequins, scoring one try in 1,163 minutes of rugby for the London club.
On his mantra for rugby: "I obviously love the sport, but I think when you are off the field, you make such a good group of mates. It's always good fun and a great buzz to be around."
Get to know him!
Learn a bit more about Glen below as he spoke with Harlequins after joining the Premiership club.