Edinburgh Rugby prospect Sam Hidalgo-Clyne is dreaming of a Heineken Cup debut after signing a contract extension that will keep him at Murrayfield until at least 2016.
The 20-year-old, from Edinburgh, has already made two league starts and is registered for Europe’s showpiece tournament should an opportunity arise. “It is all about gaining match experience and taking any opportunity just now,” said Hidalgo-Clyne.
Sean Kennedy, a scrum-half rival who has also extended his stay until 2016, has already represented Glasgow, his former club, twice in Europe and has the inside track on Sunday’s opponents Munster having been born in Limerick of Scottish parentage. “I grew up going to Munster matches; my memory is of the whole town turning out,” he said.
Edinburgh coach Alan Solomons expects to have to utilise both when Scotland scrum-half Greig Laidlaw departs for the Six Nations championship. He predicted: “I foresee both Sean and Sam playing Test rugby one day.
“It is tremendously pleasing to see Scottish players come through. Sam’s had a bit of game time and I think he has a wonderful future ahead. Similarly, Sean, who’s a little bit older and more experienced, is a fine young player. Scrum-half is a key position. It’s vital that we have good depth and we certainly have equality in that area.”
Edinburgh scrum-half and captain Laidlaw is out of contract at the end of the season but Solomons expressed the hope he would remain part of the team.