Luke Crosbie explains why new Edinburgh Rugby contract means so much

Scotland back-row Luke Crosbie has handed Edinburgh a major boost ahead of Saturday’s Challenge Cup Round of 16 clash at home to Bath by signing a new contract.

Last year’s player of the season is fit again having been sidelined through injury since January and has now put pen-to-paper on a new long-term deal with his hometown club.

The 24-year-old won his first Scotland cap against Tonga in October and has made 65 appearances for the capital side.

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Crosbie said: “Re-signing means a lot to me, having come through Currie while supporting Edinburgh as a young lad.

Edinburgh's Luke Crosbie has signed a new contract for his home-town club and has recovered from injury

“My family still come down and support me every week – and they all wear the Edinburgh kit – so they’ll be really chuffed that they can continue to follow my journey with the club.”

A product of Livingston and Currie, Crosbie made his Edinburgh Rugby debut against Zebre in October 2017 after progressing through the club's age-grade system and graduating from the Scottish Rugby academy system.

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He scored his first try for the club in the 14-37 Challenge Cup win against London Irish that same season.

The back-row made his 50th appearance against Scarlets in February 2021, before captaining his boyhood club for the first time in the home Rainbow Cup victory over Zebre in April 2021.

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Crosbie was rewarded for a fine 2020/21 campaign when he was named player of the season and kick-started the 2021/22 season in impressive form before picking up a lower leg injury in January.

He added: “It was obviously frustrating to be injured earlier this season, but that’s the sport we play and it’s brilliant to be back involved now. It’s a really important part of the season with big games coming up and I’m looking forward to getting back out there and playing with my teammates.”

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Head coach Mike Blair, added: “Luke was one of our most consistent performers to start the season, so to have him back fit with the squad – while extending terms with the club – is absolutely huge for us. We’re excited to see him back involved for the business end of the campaign.”

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