Ben Robbins swaps Watsonians for Currie

Ben Robbins is a former winner of the New Year Sprint
Ben Robbins is a former winner of the New Year Sprint
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Young Capital talent Ben Robbins will be playing his club rugby at Currie in the BT Premiership during 2015/16, the club has announced.

The 18-year-old winger played for Watsonians last season, but as a BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy stage three player he is required to be with a top-flight club. And that will be at Malleny Park under the guidance of former Scotland cap Ben Cairns. He is currently in Christchurch, New Zealand, with another Edinburgh youngster Callum Hunter-Hill on the Macphail Scholarship.

While at school at George Watson’s, Robbins was a very talented athlete and a winner of the Musselburgh Sprint, but he decided to focus on rugby.

He suffered a frustrating first half on 2014/15 through injury before fighting back to score some tries for Watsonians in BT National League One and earn Scotland Under-20 caps during the Six Nations.

Although he could be required by Edinburgh Rugby at times, his arrival at Currie offsets the depature of fellow teenage winger Robbie Nairn to Harlequins.

Nairn, also 18, played in the first team at Currie last year and acquitted himself well in senior rugby ahead of a move to the professional game.