Edinburgh have signed hooker Steven Lawrie once again to their team to strengthen it. The 27-year-old hooker left for Championship side Doncaster Knights in 2009 after four seasons in Edinburgh.
Lawrie’s form last season earned him Scotland A appearances against USA Eagles and Italy A. The Free Rugby Bet website have him down at 5/2 to make the first team.
“I’ve stayed a fan of Edinburgh while I’ve been away so it’s great to get the chance to come back,” he said.
Lawrie will compete with the likes of Ross Ford and Andrew Kelly for a starting place in Michael Bradley’s team.
Many beach rugby teams have been invited to enter into the tournament that is going to be extremely special. Eight tournaments have been planned in Yorkshire and the North East, with the finishing places in each of the competitions counting towards an overall winner.
Prizes will be awarded for the winners of each tournament and to the overall winner with the best composite tally from all events played in.
The tournaments are limited to 25 teams per event, with each squad consisting of 10 people aged over 18. Teams are of six players and the entry fee is £40 per team.
Overall winners will collect a cup, a signed England shirt and 10 tickets to the Twickenham Sevens in May 2012.
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Balmy Beach rugby is all set to begin on May 28 at the Ashbridges Bay field. They came close last year with the men’s premier team ousted in double overtime in the McCormick Cup semifinals.
The men’s second team came even closer, although suffering an untimely loss in the Gee Gage Cup championship after winning every regular season game.
The club, however, did take some consolation in its second straight club championship, which is basically awarded to the club with the best overall performance of its men’s teams.
The club was also proud to have some players suit up for the national team, as well as win a design award as the team with the best Beach Rugby Shirts.
“The senior men’s and junior program alike saw success on the international level with Mark MacSween (senior 15), Conor McCann (U18), Liam Underwood (U20) and Kyle Buckley (senior 7s – seven-a-side rugby as opposed to 15-a-side) all pulling on a national team shirt,” said club president Cory Appleton in a press release.