Edinburgh Eagles

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Edinburgh Eagles
Club information
Full name Edinburgh Eagles Rugby League Football Club
Nickname(s) Eagles
Website edinburgheagles.co.uk
Colours      White
Founded 1998
Current details
  • Forrester High School, Edinburgh
Coach(s) Scotland Ash Carroll
Manager(s) Scotland Ollie Cruickshank
Captain(s) Scotland Ross Grady
Competition Rugby League Conference Scotland Division.

Edinburgh Eagles is a semi-professional rugby league team based in Edinburgh, Scotland. The club plays in the Scotland Division of the Rugby League Conference.


The Edinburgh Eagles club was founded in 1998 and was admitted to the Scottish Rugby League Conference (SRLC). The club has enjoyed success in the RLC and is the most successful Scottish team since the Conference was established, having won nine out of the last fifteen competitions including consecutive titles in 2001, 2002, 2003 in 2007, 2008, 2009 and again in 2011, 2012.

As a frequent winner of the RLC Scotland, the club has gained automatic entry to the Carnegie Challenge cup. Eagles progressed to the 2nd round for the first time in 2009, following a narrow victory in Wolverhampton over the Royal Air Force by 18 - 16. The 2010 competition saw Eagles progress to the second round once more, but the club was defeated by Welsh Champions Blackwood Bulldogs at Meggetland in Edinburgh.

Following the 2012 Grand Final win, Eagles qualified for the Quarter Finals of the Harry Jepson Trophy for the second year running. The club had a home draw against Gateshead Storm and won 36-20 to secure a place in the Semi Final, against Northampton Demons. This match ended in a 34-12 defeat. However, this was the second time a Scottish club had reached this stage of the competition, following Eagles first appearance at the same stage in 2011.

In 2011, the Andy Couser Memorial Trophy was presented for the first time to the Committee's Player of the Year and it was decided that the award would in future be made at the Edinburgh Eagles Club Annual Dinner.

In 2012 Eagles entered 2 senior teams in the RLC leagues for the first time. The 1st team played in the Central League and finished in first place, gaining a home play-off, while the 2nd team finished 2nd in the Northern League, with an away play-off.

2014 Squad[edit]

Edinburgh Eagles 2014
First team squad Coaching staff
  • Neil Alexander - WG
  • Callum Anderson - WG, FB, CE
  • Dan Barber
  • James Bird - HB, WG
  • Darryl Blucher - FB, WG
  • Nick Broere - FB, HB
  • Craig Borthwick - SR, CE
  • Stuart Borthwick - WG
  • Lewis Clarke - HK
  • Scott Clarke
  • Paddy Coupar (vc) - LF, SO
  • Dave Cowan - CE
  • Dave Flynn
  • Neil Gibson
  • Ross Grady (c) - HK
  • Donald Grant - PR
  • John Hill - WG
  • Colin Jarvis - PR
  • Giles Lomax - HK, HB
  • John Macdonald - PR
  • Tom Murray - PR, SR
  • George Nixon
  • Craig Robertson - WG
  • Mark Robertson - WG
  • Sam Rowlands - HB
  • Liam Scotcher
  • Terry Skeet - PR
  • Robert Stitt
  • Gareth Stevenson - WG
  • Seb Trotter - HB
  • Dave Vernon - HK
  • Gareth Walker - HK
  • Peter Walker - CE
  • Neil Williams
  • Struan Whyte - WG
  • Ollie Cruickshank

Head coach

  • Ash Carroll

Assistant coach

  • Mike Wallace

  • (c) Captain
  • (vc) Vice captain

Updated: 30 September 2013
Source(s): Open Age Squad

Coaching team[edit]

Nat Staff Name Position Previous Club
Scotland Giles Lomax President Edinburgh Napier University
Scotland Ash Carroll Head Coach Haydock
Scotland Ollie Cruickshank Manager Edinburgh Napier University
Scotland Mike Wallace Coach Edinburgh Napier University
Scotland Neil Gibson Strength & Conditioner
Scotland Ross Grady Captain Edinburgh Napier University

Players earning international caps while at Edinburgh Eagles[edit]

The Eagles team has gained international recognition with several of its players being selected: Paddy Coupar, Giles Lomax, Nick Broere, Callum Cockburn, Craig Borthwick, David Lynn, Andrew Todd and John Cox have all come through the ranks of the Edinburgh Napier University Knights, Edinburgh Eagles and Scotland 'A' before going on to represent their country at full International level.

  • Paddy Coupar won 9 caps for Scotland while at Edinburgh Eagles, 1 Try
  • Callum Cockburn won 4 caps for Scotland while at Edinburgh Eagles, 1 Try
  • John Cox won 3 caps for Scotland while at Edinburgh Eagles
  • Andrew Todd won 2 caps for Scotland while at Edinburgh Eagles
  • Dave Lynn won 2 cap for Scotland while at Edinburgh Eagles
  • Giles Lomax won 1 cap for Scotland while at Edinburgh Eagles
  • Nick Broere won 1 cap for Scotland while at Edinburgh Eagles
  • Craig Borthwick won 1 cap for Scotland while at Edinburgh Eagles, 1 Try
  • Dave Simm was called up to the Scotland Squad
  • Thomas Murray was called up to the 2012 Scotland European Cup Squad
  • Dave Vernon was called up to the 2012 Scotland European Cup Squad
  • Lewis Clarke was called up to the 2014 Scotland European Cup Squad
  • Finn Murphy was called up to the 2014 Scotland European Cup Squad

Club honours[edit]

  • RLC Scotland Premier: 2011
  • RLC Scotland Division: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012
  • RLC Scottish Conference: 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003
  • RLC Runners Up: 1998, 2000, 2004, 2010


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