Under-20 Captain Wins Edinburgh Contract

Scotland under-20 captain and number 8 Stuart McInally and last season's captain Fraser Brown have signed their first professional contracts with Edinburgh Rugby.

A former Watson’s College pupil, McInally captained Scotland’s under-18 team before being fast-tracked through to the under-20 side and now the Watsonians’ No8 is entering the professional ranks; something he is incredibly pleased about.

Scotland under-20 captain and number 8 Stuart McInally and last season's captain Fraser Brown have signed their first professional contracts with Edinburgh Rugby. 

A former Watson’s College pupil, McInally captained Scotland’s under-18 team before being fast-tracked through to the under-20 side and now the Watsonians’ No8 is entering the professional ranks; something he is incredibly pleased about.

McInally said: “I’m absolutely delighted. I owe a lot to the National Academy for the support work that has come from them.

“I’ve already experienced being in the Edinburgh environment by working with them on Mondays and Tuesdays and I’m really looking forward to training with them full-time.

“Ever since I joined the National Academy, I’ve always wanted to play for Edinburgh – it is a dream come true.”

Watsonians front-row forward Fraser Brown says he is pleased to have earned himself a professional contract and is looking forward to linking up again with Edinburgh head coach Rob Moffat – the man who appointed him captain of the Scotland under-20 team.

Brown said: “I’ve chatted with Rob and I’m really looking forward to working with him and Tom Smith.

“He showed a lot of faith in me by making me captain of the 20s and now by giving me a pro contract and I want to prove him right.”

The 20-year-old hooker has been restricted to just five first team appearances for ‘Sonians over the past two seasons after suffering injuries to his neck, shoulder and bicep.

But Brown says he is now aiming to put his injury troubles behind him and he is delighted to have landed himself a place in Edinburgh’s professional squad.

He added: “It has been frustrating because I’ve been hampered with injury over the last couple of years.

“I’ve had to work through that and now I’m really pleased to have been given an opportunity at Edinburgh.”

Head coach Rob Moffat highlighted the young trio’s potential and hunger to learn as being key traits and believes they will all play a prominent role in the long term future of Edinburgh’s pack.

Moffat said: “We are pleased that Steve (Turnbull) has agreed a new deal; he is a player with a bright future.

“His first season was difficult because of that serious injury, but the way he responded showed that he has a strong character and he has earned a lot of game-time so far this season.

“Both Fraser and Stuart have shown at under-20 level that they are good players and they both have excellent potential.

“We believe that in the not too distant future they will push the players in their positions in the Edinburgh starting line-up.

“For their age, they are mature, well conditioned athletes and ready to play professional rugby. It will be a challenge for them to earn a starting spot, but their arrivals will create further competition for places in the squad.”