Edinburgh squad analysis – Depth Chart 2020/21

Ahead of kick-off in the 2020/21 season it’s time to take a detailed look at the ‘Official’ On Top Of The Moon Depth Chart for Edinburgh Rugby and the squad that will tackle the coming campaign. There are a few new faces but the real core of the group remains the same that reached the post season in both the PRO14 and Challenge Cup during 2019/20.

(For last season’s Depth Chart click here.)

Here is the full OTOTM Depth Chart (click for large version):

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Main squad facts and figures

Squad size:

  • There are currently 42 full-time pros confirmed in this year’s squad.
  • There is also 1 Partnership contract* and 15 Scottish Rugby Academy stage 3 players.
  • That compares to 42 + 3 + 16 post-RWC last season.
  • Overall the Edinburgh full-time squad averaged 42 players last season
  • The club made liberal use of players from outwith the 61 on their books during 2019/20. Eleven players were with Edinburgh for at least part of the season on short-terms deals or as emergency cover from the Super 6 – five of them got game time.

Age:

  • The full-time squad’s average age is 26.7 (2019/20 – 26.9).
  • The average for the first team is 27.6 (2019/20 – 27.2).
  • There will be 10 players over the age of 30 at the start of the season (2019/20 – 4).
  • There are 11 players aged 23 and under in the squad (2019/20 – 11)
  • Willem Nel is the oldest player in the squad at 34 years and 5 months.
  • Jordan Venter (who is joining straight from school and will be 18 at the oldest when he arrives in December) is the youngest player in the full-time squad.

Caps:

  • There are 22 capped players (18 Scots and 4 others) with 382 Test caps among them.
  • That’s two less than last season when there were 24 capped internationals in the main squad of 42 players (21 Scots and 3 others).

Appearances:

  • The players have a total of 2,054 Edinburgh appearances behind them.
  • They include 6 men with more than 100 games for the club who account for just under 40% (789) of the previous matches played.
  • There are 5 players in the main squad who have yet to make their Edinburgh debuts – Sam Grahamslaw, Lee Roy Atalifo, Connor Boyle, Rory Darge and Jordan Venter.
  • Among the current squad, Grant Gilchrist has the most caps for the club with 151, just ahead of Stuart McInally on 146.
  • Chris Dean (92 appearances) and Blair Kinghorn (91) should be next in line to bring up a century of matches for Edinburgh.

Development:

  • 20 of the main squad have progressed directly from the Scottish Rugby Academy or its predecessor, Elite Development Player contracts (48% of current full-time players – 45% last season).
  • Of the remaining players:
    • 5 came from other PRO14 clubs (4 from Glasgow);
    • 4 from Super Rugby;
    • 2 from the Top 14;
    • 2 from the Gallagher Premiership;
    • And there were 9 ‘others’ (Stade Nicois, Canterbury, Jersey Reds, Fiji 7s [x2], Scotland 7s [x2], London Scottish and one straight from school).
    • 6 of the players who came to Edinburgh from other clubs were involved in the EDP or SRA systems at some stage in their career.

Not Scottish Qualified:

  • Forwards – 5 of 26 players in the main squad are not eligible to play for Scotland (19% – the equivalent figure was 20% last season).
  • Backs – 5 of 16 players are not Scots qualified (31% – compared to 29% in 2019/20).
  • Total – 10 of 42 players (24%). Last season 10 of 42 (24%).
  • Note that Jaco van der Walt will become SQ midway through November.
  • Nationalities – 4 in total.
    • 32 players – Scottish (or Scottish-qualified)
    • 5 players – South African
    • 4 players – Fijian
    • 1 player – Australian

* subsequent to this article being published, it was confirmed that Jack Blain, Jamie Hodgson and Dan Nutton were also on Partnership Contracts at the start of the season.

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