Rory Sutherland to leave Edinburgh Rugby

Rory Sutherland to leave Edinburgh Rugby

Edinburgh Rugby has reached an agreement with Worcester Warriors for the signing of 16-times capped Scotland loosehead Rory Sutherland.

The Hawick-born prop joined the club on a FOSROC Scottish Rugby Academy deal in 2014 as a reward for his form with club side Gala.

While still in the Academy, Sutherland established himself as a regular in the Edinburgh squad and was awarded a full professional contract ahead of the 2015/16 season.

The loosehead prop was included in the 2016 Six Nations squad and made his international debut off the bench against Ireland in March that year.

He endured a frustrating 2017/18 season, which saw the prop supported back to fitness from a career threatening injury, to feature in Scotland's Guinness Six Nations squad for 2020.

Back to his best he earned a first international cap in three-and-a-half years against Ireland in Dublin and became a mainstay of the national pack.

He started in each of Scotland's Guinness Six Nations matches that year and 2021 – registering performances that were ultimately rewarded with selection for the 2021 British & Irish Lions tour of South Africa.

An Edinburgh Rugby spokesperson said: "Rory has attracted a lot of interest from other clubs due to his form over the past couple of years.

“The club tabled a competitive and improved contract offer to Rory earlier in the year and, although negotiations continued in recent weeks, no agreement could be reached, with Rory expressing his wish to accept an offer from Worcester.

“It is with disappointment to all at the club that Rory is choosing to leave. We wish him all the very best with the Lions tour and thank him for his contribution to Edinburgh Rugby.”

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