Robbie Nairn, one of the most promising teenage talents in Scottish rugby, today dropped a bombshell by opting to pursue his career at a top English Premiership outfit.
The 18-year-old will join Harlequins Academy when he leaves Watson’s College shortly.
The winger – a former Scottish schools shot putt champion – has been turning out occasionally for Currie and received a BT Premiership try-of-the-month award for January.
Capped by Scotland at under-16 and under-18 level Robbie, said: “I’m hugely excited about joining Harlequins. I know it will be a real challenge but I’m very much looking forward to pushing myself to meet the high standards set by the senior team and doing everything I can to develop myself in key areas.
“It’s a great opportunity for me to improve my skills and understanding of the game, especially in an environment where I’ll be learning from some of the best players in the Aviva Premiership. Being able to commit to rugby at such a high level is what I have been working towards for a long time.”
Harlequins Academy Manager, Tony Diprose, added: “I am delighted to have Robbie joining us in the Harlequins Academy next season. He is a very talented and ambitious young player with the attitude and desire to be the best he can be. We look forward to helping him achieve his goals here at Quins.”
Robbie follows in the footsteps of another up and coming Edinburgh youngster, Bruce Douglas, who a few years ago opted to progress his career at ‘Quins en route to Scotland caps.
The decision to move south is bound to be a blow for Scottish rugby in general and Edinburgh in particular.
Current Edinburgh and Scotland winger Tim Visser has also been linked with a move to Harlequins while another member of the Scotland age-group set-up, Adam Hastings, is expected to join English Premiership side Bath.