Haining extends capital stay

Haining extends capital stay

​Edinburgh Rugby continued preparations for the coming seasons with confirmation Scotland back-row Nick Haining has extended his contract with the capital club.

The 6ft 4in, 115kg flanker – who joined from Bristol Bears ahead of the 2019/20 season –has made 19 appearances for the capital club and made his Test debut for Scotland in last year’s Guinness Six Nations, the first of five caps he earned last year.

He said: “I’m really excited and proud to extend my contract at Edinburgh Rugby.

“I’ve settled really well in both the city and the club. Everyone was really welcoming from the get-go and I’ve formed some really solid friendships among the players.

“My partner Efia and I have really enjoyed everything Edinburgh has to offer and, with our son Henry being born, we wanted to extend our stay and raise him in a really wonderful city.

“Moving to Edinburgh was always going to be challenging in terms of getting a spot in the team with so many talented individuals in the back-row. It’s really pushed me and helped me continually develop my game and constantly improve.​ Nick Haining

“It’s fiercely competitive and that level of competition really keeps you on your toes. Having that competitive edge in training is hugely beneficial and helps us put our best performance out on the pitch.”

Haining has been frustrated by a sequence of ill-timed injuries and ‘niggles’ this season which have disrupted his efforts to build on a breakthrough year.

With a new deal in hand the loose forward is keen to put those days behind him and kick-on with the confidence boost offered by extended terms.

“I’m feeling a lot better now and working really hard with the medical and S&C staff to get my body in the best shape possible to perform on the pitch,” he added.

“I’m really looking forward to being rid of these little niggles and to getting back to playing my natural game with no hinderance, string together a good run of games for Edinburgh and just enjoy playing.”

Haining came through the ranks at Perth-based Super Rugby outfit Western Force as a winger, though had shifted to the back-row in time to face the British & Irish Lions during their 2013 tour of Australia.

He joined Jersey Reds in 2014 where he quickly developed into one of the most dangerous ball carriers in the English Championship. In a back-row trio – that also contained Scotland flanker Gary Graham – Haining’s time at Jersey saw him score 23 tries in 66 appearances.

He joined Bristol from Jersey Reds at the beginning of the 2017/18 season and played a pivotal role in the club’s return and re-establishment in the Premiership before moving to the capital two seasons later.

Edinburgh Head Coach, Richard Cockerill, said: “We’re delighted Nick has agreed to extend his time with the club.

“He’s had an unfortunate spell with injuries this season, but he’s shown previously, and since his return, the type of dynamism we’ve come to expect of him.

“We have a real depth of quality across our back-row. The competition for places is intense all season long and I believe it’s bringing the best out of our players. Nick continues to be a big part of that.”

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