Edinburgh imports helping to bring on home talent

Sam Hidalgo-Clyne
Sam Hidalgo-Clyne
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Edinburgh Rugby coach Alan Solomons believes a policy to integrate local talent with imported experience is starting to bear fruit with new names looming on the horizon.

“Sam Hidalgo-Clyne has had a pretty decent season and so has Hamish Watson until his injury,” says Solomons.

“There’s also Rory Sutherland, while Magnus Bradbury and Jamie Ritchie have had game time. It’s very positive.

“We’ve had a couple of schoolboys train with us this week and looking further ahead I think Chris Dean will come through in 2015, as will Damien Hoyland.

“Chris came out of school and went straight into the (Scotland) sevens team. Now he has had a lot of club rugby but Accies have not had the easiest of seasons and that can make it difficult for a back, but he’s doing well.

“Damien Hoyland’s time with the sevens team has done him a power of good. Playing on a big stage like that makes a helluva difference to a youngster.

“In terms of our vision of building a sustainable club through our indigenous talent, we are starting to see those young boys come through.”