Edinburgh: Melrose scrum-half Murdo McAndrew given trial

Murdo McAndrew in action for Scotland Under-20s
McAndrew has played for Scotland Under-20s

Edinburgh have taken Melrose scrum-half Murdo McAndrew on a four-month trial.

The 21-year-old, who had a spell as a teenager with French club Clermont Auvergne, impressed while training with the Pro12 outfit this summer.

Head coach Alan Solomons said: "Murdo is a talented young club player who has fitted in well at Edinburgh.

"He has earned the opportunity afforded to him, which accords with our vision of building a sustainable club through the medium of young Scottish talent."

McAndrew, who has represented Scotland at under-20 level, was delighted that he might make his debut for Edinburgh in Friday's pre-season friendly against the Romanian national side at Melrose's home ground.

"It would be a bit strange, but in a good way," he said. "It's a great pitch and the Borders people are really supportive, so it would be great if that happened, in front of a good crowd.

Murdo McAndrew in action for Scotland Under-20s
McAndrew joined French Top 14 club Clermont Auvergne straight from school

"I went through a tough pre-season with the club and it's great to get rewarded with this chance to show what I can do.

"I had a good season with Melrose last year and trained the whole of this pre-season with Edinburgh, as the club needed scrum-half cover."

McAndrew was with Howe of Fife when he won his move to Top 14 outfit Clermont after playing for Scotland Under-18s in the 2012 Rugby Europe (formerly Fira) Championships in France.

Switching to France straight from school, he spent two years before joining Melrose last season.

"Moving to France at a relatively young age was fairly daunting, but it was an excellent opportunity to develop my skills there at a time when Nathan Hines, Jason White and Mark Bennett were also involved with the club," he added.

"Then I got the opportunity to return to Scotland and was able to get more game time last season at Melrose."