NEWS | Sevens stars sign for Edinburgh

Two of Scotland Sevens’ most prolific players have signed for Edinburgh and will join the club on a fulltime basis from next season.
 
Already seasoned performers for the capital side, wing Dougie Fife and centre James Johnstone have made a significant contribution since coming back into the Edinburgh fold as part of a working agreement between Head Coach Richard Cockerill and Scotland Sevens Coach John Dalziel.

Cockerill was delighted to secure the services of both Fife and Johnstone for a further two years, and said: "We're really please that Dougie and James have chosen to extend their time in Edinburgh and that they want to be part of what we're building at this club.


"Both of the guys have worked incredibly hard this season and will play play a major role in helping the squad moving forward."

Fife originally signed for Edinburgh in 2013 before leaving to focus on the abbreviated game in 2015. The 27-year-old scored the famous last minute try at Twickenham to win the London tournament title in 2016 and has earned 16 caps for the Sevens side. He has represented Scotland at U17, U19 and U20 age groups and has won 6 full international caps, scoring 1 try in that period.

With 94 appearances for the club, the 27-year-old is closing in on becoming Edinburgh’s 28th centurion, whilst his scoring effort in the victory over Southern Kings earlier this month was his 100th point in the black and red.
 
On extending his stay in the capital, Fife said: “Edinburgh is a club that means a lot to me. I’ve noticed some big changes at the club and it’s a very exciting squad to be part of.


“My time with Scotland 7s has given me a huge lift and I’m really enjoying my rugby again. I’m looking forward to bringing that spark back to Edinburgh.”

Johnstone meanwhile signed fulltime with Scotland Sevens in 2013 and represented Scotland at the Rugby World Cup 7s in Moscow that same year before competing in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
 
He finished Scotland’s second highest try-scorer for the season in 2015/16, crossing the whitewash on 22 occasions and played a pivotal role in Scotland’s historic Cup win in the final leg of the 2015/16 Series in London. He has amassed a staggering 40 caps for the Sevens side.
 
A product of Merchiston Castle School, Johnstone played his club rugby at capital based sides Currie and Watsonians before making his Edinburgh debut from the bench in the 2015/16 season opening victory over Leinster.
 
Johnstone has so far made 11 appearances for the club and will start at outside-centre in this weekend’s 1872 Cup derby against Glasgow Warriors at BT Murrayfield.
 
On joining Edinburgh on a fulltime contract, the 27-year-old said: “I am delighted to have joined the club for the next two years.
 
“I am really looking forward to continuing my rugby development under the guidance of Richard Cockerill.


“It’s an exciting time to join the club and I’m looking forward to playing a part in helping Edinburgh aspire to new levels in the Guinness PRO14 and in Europe.”

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