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Exciting Ulster wing prospect Rory Scholes agrees move to Edinburgh

The 22-year-old is heading to Scotland this summer on a two-year deal.

HIGHLY PROMISING ULSTER wing Scholes will join Edinburgh next season on a two-year deal.

Rory Scholes scores a try Scholes made five appearances in the Champions Cup. Source: Presseye/Darren Kidd/INPHO

The 22-year-old has underlined his rich potential for the northern province this season, scoring five tries in 13 appearances so far.

As pointed out in the official Edinburgh press release confirming the signing, Scholes has made 70 carries, 22 clean breaks and beaten 25 defenders already this season.

However, with the likes of Craig Gilroy, Andrew Trimble, Tommy Bowe, Louis Ludik and Charles Piutau providing strong competition in the back three at Ulster next season, former Ireland U20 international Scholes has opted for a move away.

“The move to Edinburgh is a good challenge for me at this point in my career,” said Scholes of his move. “I think they’re a team on the up and that I, personally, can bring something to the squad, and I’m really looking forward to coming over and getting to work.

It looks as if it’s an exciting place to be; it’s a great club which is going in the right direction and that’s something I want to be involved in.

“I’ve had some really positive conversations with Alan [Solomons] that ticked all the right boxes, and I’ve heard nothing but good reports about Duncan Hodge – he’s somebody I’m definitely looking forward to working with, and hope that he can help me develop and evolve my game. I can’t wait to get over and get started.”

Michael Allen made the move from Ulster to Edinburgh last summer due to the competition in the backs at the Irish province and has since started 10 games under Alan Solomons.

Some good news to help counter the loss of Scholes for Ulster today was the confirmation of a new two-year contract for Luke Marshall.

The centre, who turns 25 tomorrow, will remain in Belfast until the summer of 2018. The six-cap Ireland international has played 76 times for Ulster, scoring 14 tries. Five of his tally have come this season when he has primarily been used in the 13 jersey having initially made his name at inside centre.


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