Hot prospect Currie pens first pro deal
FOSROC Scottish Rugby Academy graduate Matt Currie today penned his first professional deal with his boyhood club.
A product of Dumfries Saints RFC and the city’s Merchiston Castle School, Currie, 20, broke into the club’s first XV last season - debuting from the bench in February’s Guinness PRO14 match against Munster - and has since gone on to make five appearances for the capital side, scoring one try.
Currie has so far featured twice in this season’s United Rugby Championship campaign, starting in the back-to-back bonus-point victories against Dragons and Benetton.
On signing his first professional deal, Currie said: “It’s an amazing feeling. I joined the academy a few years ago, so to be given the opportunity to play for a club that I’ve supported for a long time is one that I’m extremely grateful for.
“I’m really enjoying the environment at the club at the moment and I’m absolutely loving my rugby. I think Edinburgh is a great place for me to develop my game and it’s something I’m excited for moving forward - I can’t wait to get stuck into it.
“I want to keep improving my game and push for minutes on the pitch. We possess a really strong squad and a great coaching set up, so I’m in a really good place to achieve my goals.
“Working with Mike [Blair] has been great, he’s really big into making a club environment and there’s a great vibe around the team at the moment. We’re heading in a really positive direction and Mike has had a massive part in that.”
Born in Dumfries, Currie started his rugby journey at Dumfries minis, before moving to Merchiston Castle School at the age of 13 where he eventually won the Scottish Schools Cup in 2018.
The 6ft 3in centre started all five matches for Scotland U20 during the 2020 U20 Six Nations campaign and featured for Watsonians in the inaugural FOSROC Super6 Championship, earning Player of the Match in the Myreside club’s 43-14 victory over Ayrshire Bulls in October 2021.
Currie made his professional debut for his boyhood club in February 2021, coming on as a late substitute in the Guinness PRO14 match-up with Munster at BT Murrayfield, before being invited to train with Scotland’s senior squad during the 2021 Six Nations.
The centre then grabbed his first try for the club in his first start, crossing the whitewash in the Rainbow Cup win over Zebre at BT Murrayfield in April 2021.
Head Coach Mike Blair added: “We’re delighted to see Matt sign his first pro deal with the club. He’s an exciting young talent and he works incredibly hard in training every day to progress and improve his game.
“He’s an impressive young man who has also already shown considerable leadership qualities in his short time with the senior squad.
“It’s brilliant to see guys progress and graduate from the Academy. It’s a testament to the good work that is being done from the ground up at local clubs and schools like Dumfries and Merchiston Castle, and within the FOSROC Scottish Rugby Academy.
“Matt is still young, and has a lot of room to grow, however he’s already helping drive competition within his positional group. He’s in a brilliant place to improve his craft, while learning from senior players like Mark Bennett and James Lang.”