Three players to watch in pre-season

Three players to watch in pre-season

With the Edinburgh Rugby squad returning for the first block of pre-season conditioning on Monday, we profile three players to keep your eye on in training camp as we build up to the start of the 2021-22 campaign.

Connor Boyle

Having penned a contract extension last season, Academy graduate Connor Boyle is a player that will be keen to impress in pre-season, with supporters eager to see more of the former Stewart's Melville College and Watsonians man in 2021-22.

The back-row showcased flashes of real quality in limited game last year with his low centre of gravity proving a difference-maker at the breakdown, where Boyle's ability to get hands on ball made for some big defensive highlights.

Coupled with his aggressive go-forward carrying and an engine that allows him to operate from whistle-to-whistle, there's no reason why Boyle won't be the next Burgh back-row to make his mark in the Scottish capital.

Glen Young

The second-row position has been something of a trouble spot for Edinburgh Rugby in recent seasons with injuries and international call-ups testing the strength and depth of Burgh pack.

Therefore Glen Young's signing was an extremely important one, especially when taking into consideration the recent retirements of Lewis Carmichael and Fraser McKenzie, two Edinburgh Rugby stalwarts in the engine room.

A Jedburgh man, who learned his trade down south at Newcastle Falcons and Harlequins, Young returns north to his local side where he'll be eager to make an impression from the get-go as the 26-year-old ramps up for his debut season in the Scottish capital.

Charlie Savala

Scottish qualified stand-off Savala made his professional debut last season, where he looked comfortable in the No. 10 jersey in a handful of appearances in the Burgh backline.

Considering league convert Savala arrived in Edinburgh half-way through the season, without a proper pre-season, and without proper time to acclimatise himself in new surroundings, there's no doubt the stand-off will be keen to hit the ground running with last season's experiences in his back pocket, and fresh pre-season schedule ahead of him.

With regular stand-off Jaco van der Walt returning from injury, and expected to start, Savala will be up against Nathan Chamberlain for reps in that coveted No. 10 jersey - an interesting positional battle to watch.

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