McBurney hooked from Ulster
Edinburgh Rugby today announced the signing of 24-year-old Scottish qualified Ulster Rugby hooker Adam McBurney.
McBurney – whose grandmother was from Cadder, Lanarkshire – joined the Ulster academy set-up in 2016 and represented Ireland from U18 to U20.
His progress led to a senior debut for Ulster in 2017 and his first senior contract with the Irish Province a year later.
He has since gone on to make 35 appearances for the Guinness PRO14 side.
He said: “I’m extremely excited to sign for Edinburgh. It’s a great place and a club with very high standards.
“Over the last few seasons, the progress on the pitch has been extremely noticeable from the outside looking in, and it's something I’m looking forward to being involved with.
“I want to be part of a very successful Edinburgh squad, take every opportunity I'm given on the pitch, show what I’m about and how I can fit into the values and good work Edinburgh have already been doing.”
Wearing the number two jersey, McBurney hopes to take advantage of the experience of Head Coach Richard Cockerill, who earned 27 caps for England in the late 90s.
“Richard Cockerill was a world class player and is a world class coach. I still have a lot of learning in me. I hope to benefit from his experiences to bring the best out of me as a hooker. Adam McBurney
“I've been in the same rugby environment since I was a kid and hope this change will challenge my ability to adapt, along with picking the brains of new coaches and players to develop my skills.
“I’d like to thank to Ulster for everything they’ve done to help me progress to where I’m at today.”
The news comes as the club confirmed hooker Mike Willemse will leave Edinburgh at the end of the season, having made 34 appearances to date since arriving in 2019.
Edinburgh Rugby Head Coach, Richard Cockerill, said: “We’re pleased to announce Adam will be joining our squad next season. He’s a tough and dynamic competitor with a lot of scope for development.
“He’s a good fit for us and – with Mike leaving – slots well into our stable of hookers at the club.
“He’ll bring a lot of energy, a bit of edge and is a hard worker. We’re looking forward to linking up with him and seeing how he can progress.”