Hooker Cherry pens new deal

Hooker Cherry pens new deal

​Edinburgh have been handed a boost ahead of Friday night’s Guinness PRO14 match against Connacht with the re-signing of hooker David Cherry.

Cherry, 29, pens a new deal with the capital club, whom he joined from Stade Niçois in the summer of 2018.

The former Scotland U20 stand-out has made 22 appearances in Edinburgh’s front-row, scoring one try, and started in Saturday’s 9-14 road win over Scarlets at Parc y Scarlets.

On re-signing with the capital side, Cherry, said: “It’s always been my goal to play at the top level of rugby and with Edinburgh I believe I can achieve that through continuing to improve in an environment which is unparalleled in its work ethic.

“We have a really strong playing group here and we’re all pulling in the right direction. It’s a great team culture to be a part of and I’m looking forward to continuing to pull on the jersey in the seasons to come.”

Head Coach Richard Cockerill, added: “Dave is a good man who brings a lot to a really strong position group. He works hard every day and has improved his game during his time at the club.

“We’re looking forward to seeing him develop further with this squad and we’re delighted that he’s today re-signed.”

A product of the city’s Merchiston Castle School, Cherry played his senior rugby at Currie before making the move to English Championship side London Scottish in 2014.

The hooker soon cemented himself in the Championship outfit’s starting XV, but after three seasons at the Athletic Ground - in which he made 54 appearances, scoring 45 points in the process - Cherry joined Stade Niçois as part of Scottish Rugby’s performance pathway partnership.

Following a season in the south of France, Cherry returned to his hometown city in the summer of 2018, signing on an initial one-year deal.

The hooker made his Edinburgh Rugby debut from the bench against Leinster at the RDS Arena in September of the same year.

Cherry – who has represented Scotland 10 times at U20 level and started all five games at the 2011 Junior World Championship in Italy – quickly established himself as the capital side’s second choice hooker during his maiden season at BT Murrayfield.

Following a string of impressive performances, the hooker was rewarded for his fine domestic form when he was named in Gregor Townsend’s Scotland squad for the 2019 Guinness Six Nations.

Cherry made 16 appearances in 2018-19 before signing a further one-year extension with the club ahead of the current campaign.

The hooker – who has made six appearances in 2019-20 – scored his first try for the club in January’s 61-13 win over Southern Kings at BT Murrayfield and today pens a new deal with his hometown team.

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