FORMER Scotland Under-20 scrum-half Murdo McAndrew has joined Edinburgh on a four-month trial period.
The 21-year-old Melrose player, who has been training with the pro-team during pre-season, could now make his Edinburgh debut on Friday night in the friendly against Romania at The Greenyards, where he has been playing his club rugby following a two-year stint at Clermont Auvergne’s age-grade side in France.
McAndrew said: “I am delighted to get this opportunity. I went through a tough pre-season with the club and it’s great to get rewarded with this chance to show what I can do.
“I had a good season with Melrose last year and trained the whole of this pre-season with Edinburgh, as the club needed scrum-half cover. Everyone at the club has been really friendly and welcoming and the senior players have been really helpful over the last few months, so I know I have plenty of people I can go to for advice.”
McAndrew is a product of the Howe of Fife club where his dad, Les, was minis coach. He went on to lift the Brewin Dolphin Plate as a member of the Bell Baxter High School team in 2009.
Then at age grade international level, he represented Caledonia at under-16, under-17 and under-18, winning the inter-district championships at the younger age grades.
After impressing in the Rugby Europe (formerly FIRA) Championships in France with Scotland under-18 in 2012, he was spotted and signed by Clermont Auvergne, straight from school, and spent two years there prior to returning to Scotland to play for Melrose last season.