Ben Robbins quits athletics for pro rugby with Edinburgh

Ben Robbins when he won the 2013 New Year Sprint title
Ben Robbins when he won the 2013 New Year Sprint title
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Fresh from taking his Scottish Schools athletics medal haul to 18 with gold in the under-19 relay and a silver in the 200m, it appears rugby has proved irresistible to Powderhall Sprint winner Ben Robbins.

The winger is among three George Watson’s teenagers to be offered an elite development contract with Edinburgh Rugby joining captain Ally Miller in the back row and Jake Kerr at hooker.

A total of seven players will be attached to Edinburgh in the latest draft with a further signing expected shortly.

Props: Rory Sutherland (Gala), Callum Sheldon (Queen Elizabeth School/Newcastle Falcons) and Ewan McQuillin (Gala)

Hooker: Jake Kerr (George Watson’s College/Watsonians)

Back-row: Ally Miller (George Watson’s College/Watsonians) and Magnus Bradbury (Boroughmuir)

Scrum-halves: Alex Glashan (Edinburgh Accies) and Hugh Fraser (Merchiston Castle School)

Centre: Chris Auld (Gala)

Wing: Ben Robbins (George Watson’s College)

Full-back: Ruaridh Howarth (Galashiels Academy/Gala)