Hoyland extends capital stay
Scotland internationalist Damien Hoyland has become the latest player to re-sign with Edinburgh Rugby after today penning a new deal with the capital club.
Hoyland, 26, has made eight appearances this campaign, scoring one try, and has enjoyed a return to form following two injury hit seasons.
The capital-born playmaker – who is now in his sixth season at BT Murrayfield – has scored 21 tries in 71 appearances since joining the club from Borders side Melrose in 2014.
On re-signing, Hoyland, said: “I’m delighted to have committed my future to my home club. We’re on the brink of achieving something special here and I’m really excited to be part of that.
“I’ve had a tough couple of years with injury setbacks, but I’m really happy with where I am physically right now thanks to our amazing rehab team. I finally feel like I’m in a position to kick on and keep improving my rugby and I’m excited to see where that takes me.
“The group of guys we have here are like family and I’m looking forward to grafting with them for the seasons ahead.”
Head Coach Richard Cockerill, added: “Damien has been impressive since returning from injury and has been very dependable whether operating on the wing or at fullback.
“He’s an Edinburgh man and core member of this squad. We’re delighted that he’ll continue his rugby development with this club in the seasons to come.”
A former pupil at the city’s James Gillespie High School, Hoyland rose through the ranks at Edinburgh Rugby, representing the club at U16, U17 and U18 levels.
Hoyland – who saw game time at Melrose and Boroughmuir in the early stages of his career – was called up to the Scotland 7s squad in September 2014, before making his debut at the opening leg of the 2014-15 HSBC Sevens World Series on the Gold Coast, Australia.
The back-three specialist made his Edinburgh Rugby debut against Ospreys in February 2015, before enjoying a breakout second season that saw the winger score eight tries in 20 appearances during the 2015/16 campaign.
Hoyland was rewarded for his club form with a call-up to the Scotland squad for the 2015 Summer Tests and made his full international debut as a replacement in the 12-16 win over Italy at Stadio Olimpico.
It was another year until Hoyland was to feature for Scotland - again on the summer tour - where he scored his first try for his country in the series opener against Italy in Singapore.
Hoyland endured frustrating 2017-18 and 2018-19 campaigns as he returned from respective foot and knee injuries, however he was back to his best at the tail end of last season and was named to start in the Heineken Champions Cup Quarter-Final against Munster at BT Murrayfield.
Hoyland has featured regularly in this season’s starting XV, with the fullback touching down in the 10-31 Challenge Cup win over Agen at Stade Armandie, before starting in last month’s return fixture at BT Murrayfield which saw the capital club secure a 36-0 victory over the French side to secure safe passage to the knockout stages of the tournament.