Scholes swaps Ulster for Edinburgh

Date published: March 2 2016

Scottish side Edinburgh have anonunced the signing of Ulster winger Rory Scholes on a two-year deal.

Scholes, 22, has made 22 appearances for Ulster since joining the club from Belfast Harlequins in 2013, and has signed a contract with Edinburgh until May 2018.

On signing the deal, Scholes said: “The move to Edinburgh is a good challenge for me at this point in my career. 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.”

A proven finisher, in 13 appearances for Ulster this season – eight in the PRO12 and five in the Champions Cup – he has crossed the line on five occasions.

To add to his scoring credentials, Scholes also boasts some impressive attacking stats from this season; 70 carries, 22 clean breaks and 25 defenders beaten.

Belfast born and bred, the wing, who is also comfortable at full-back, scored 33 points in nine appearances for Ireland U20.

Head coach Alan Solomons said: “We are pleased to welcome Rory to the club. He is a talented young player who, I have no doubt, will make his mark here at Edinburgh."

Scholes is the third wing to pen a deal with Edinburgh ahead of next season, with Scotland caps Damien Hoyland and Tom Brown having already committed to further terms at the club.