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EDINBURGH BOOST FRONT ROW



Edinburgh Rugby has signed David Young on a loan deal from Leicester Tigers. The prop will remain with the capital club until the end of the season.

The 21 year-old joined the Leicester Tiger's academy in 2004, winning the NIG Tigers Academy Player of the Month award for December 2004. He has played in the senior squad this season and for the Tigers Extras in their successful Zurich A League campaign.

David has represented Scotland at under-18 and under-19 level, and played for the under-21s in their ten matches in 2006. He has also attended Murray Mexted's International Rugby Academy in New Zealand.

Speaking on joining Edinburgh, David said: "I see this as a great opportunity for me. Being at Leicester where there are three international props - Marcos Ayerza, Martin Castrogiovanni and Julian White - means it is hard as a young player to get games. This is a chance to play regular rugby and be back home, and it is a new challenge which I'm looking forward to."

Edinburgh's forwards coach, Iain Paxton who also coached Scotland U21s, said: "He was a regular starter for the U21s last year. He came through with a lot of performances, making a big impact and helping to stabilise the scrum."

Edinburgh Rugby Executive Chairman Alex Carruthers added: "Given the recent injury to Craig Smith, tight head was a position which needed further strengthening. We're delighted to have a player of David's calibre and stature available to Edinburgh at such short notice and we are grateful to Leicester Tigers for their assistance.

"As a former Scotland Under-21 player, this further outlines our intention to provide the opportunity for the best young Scottish talent to further their ambitions playing professional rugby for Edinburgh and ultimately, for Scotland."

Meanwhile, Geoff Cross who joined on a loan deal from the Border Reivers, will remain with Edinburgh until the end of the season.


DAVID YOUNG

Prop. Born 18.2.85 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Height 6ft 1in (1.85m). Weight 18st 5lb (117kg).

David Joseph Welsh Young joined Edinburgh Rugby on a loan deal from Leicester Tigers in January 2007. He played for Scotland at under-18 level when with Glenrothes, and under-19 level while he was with Kirkcaldy. His international honours in the older group included the 2004 world championship in Durban, South Africa, and after joining Leicester Tigers he made his under-21 international debut as a replacement in the match against France in Bourgoin in February 2005. Subsequently in that championship campaign, he played as a substitute in Scotland's first under-21 win against Ireland and the victory against Italy. He made his Leicester debut as a replacement in the Powergen Cup match against Northampton Saints in season 2005-2006, and he was subsequently the ever-present tight head in Scotland's 10 under-21 matches in 2006, scoring a try in the 24-21 win against Ireland at Athlone. On his way up the ranks with Glenrothes and Kirkcaldy, he played for Caledonia Reds in four age grades - under-16, under-18, under-19, and under-20.