Edinburgh complete double signing

Edinburgh have strengthened their squad for next season by signing Scotland lock Craig Hamilton and Ireland A winger Andrew Maxwell.

Hamilton, who has won five caps, represented Scotland A in the Churchill Cup earlier this month. He joins the Scottish capital club from the Border Reivers on a two-year deal subject to a medical.

Maxwell also played in the Churchill Cup, for Ireland A, and represented Ireland in the Rugby World Cup Sevens in Hong Kong in 2005.

He joins from Ulster where he scored 17 tries in 40 matches, the first and last of his tries and appearances against the Irish province were against Edinburgh.

The wing has also signed a two-year contract subject to a medical.
“I’m looking forward to joining Edinburgh as there is a good buzz at the club and it seems to be moving forward,” said Maxwell.

“I have always liked the style of rugby they have played. It’s funny the way it’s worked out that I’m joining the team I scored against in my first and last games for Ulster.”

Hamilton shared in Maxwell’s excitement about joining a side with great potential for the coming season.

“I’m really excited to be joining Edinburgh and giving my all to the club and supporters,” said Hamilton.

“I was sorry that the Border Reivers were disbanded so I am delighted to be given a chance to continue playing in Scotland and relishing the chance to play alongside some world-class names.”

Edinburgh coach Lynn Howells is starting to build a formidable squad for next season and believes the latest signings will further add to the squad.

“Craig brings height, bulk and experience having played at international level as well as in the English premiership, Magners League and Heineken Cup,” he said.

“Having spoken to his former coaches, they’ve all spoken very positively about him as a person and a player. I believe he’s now coming to the peak of his career and has an opportunity to show what he can do for Edinburgh.

“Andrew has proved when he’s played against us that he has pace and is a finisher. He’s represented Ulster in both the league and in Europe on many occasions and so brings experience of playing at that level too.

“He’s an out and out winger and has been a valued member of every squad he’s played in.”


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