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):
Main squad facts and figures
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.