Shiel extends capital stay

Shiel extends capital stay

​Edinburgh have continued to bolster their squad ahead of next season with the re-signing of scrum-half, Charlie Shiel.

Shiel, 22, extends his stay in the capital following an impressive start to the season that has seen him score two tries in eight appearances.

The Fosroc Scottish Rugby Academy graduate – who has represented Edinburgh Rugby at U16, U17 and U18 levels – pens a new deal with his boyhood club, whom he joined on a full-time basis in 2018.

On re-signing, Shiel, said: “I’m really happy to be staying in Edinburgh. The last three years have been great for my learning and development as a player.

“The club is doing really well and it’s a good environment to be involved in. Although training is tough, I feel like I’m getting pushed every day which has really benefited me.

“I’m looking forward to continuing my battle with the two quality nines at the club and pushing on to achieve my goals with Edinburgh Rugby.”

Head Coach Richard Cockerill, added: “Charlie has shown plenty of promise this season and has been impressive when providing that spark from the bench.

“There’s still plenty more to come from him and we’re delighted that he’ll continue that development at his hometown team.”

A product of Royal High School, Shiel came through the ranks at the capital-based school before joining Currie RFC in the early stages of his career.

Shiel enrolled in the Fosroc Scottish Rugby Academy in 2015, before being assigned to the club as a full-time Stage 3 player in 2016-17.

On the international stage, the scrum-half’s early form saw him represent both Scotland U16 and U18, before coming into his own at U20 level.

Shiel was part of the highly successful 2016-17 cohort that finished fifth at the 2017 World Rugby U20 Championship in Georgia, with the scrum-half scoring the decisive try in the fifth-place play-off win over Australia.

The scrum-half made his professional debut from the bench against Southern Kings in January 2019, while impressive cameos against Munster in the Champions Cup Quarter-Final and Glasgow Warriors in the 1872 Cup final leg showcased his potential during his first full season at BT Murrayfield.

This season has been a campaign of milestones for Shiel with the scrum-half scoring his first try for the club in October’s trip to face Leinster at the RDS Arena, before making his first start in November’s European Challenge Cup win over Agen at Stade Armandie.

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