Edinburgh sign Ulster wing Rory Scholes on two-year contract

Rory Scholes in action against Oyonnax in this season's European Champions Cup
Rory Scholes has scored five tries in his Ulster appearances this season

Edinburgh have boosted their squad for next season by signing Ulster wing Rory Scholes on a two-year deal.

Scholes, 22, has scored five tries in his 13 Ulster games this season.

However, he has not been a regular starter for an Ulster side that can call upon Ireland wings Andrew Trimble, Tommy Bowe and Craig Gilroy.

"The move to Edinburgh is a good challenge for me at this point in my career. I think they're a team on the up," said Scholes.

The wing revealed that he had several discussions with Edinburgh's head coach and former Ulster boss Alan Solomons before agreeing his move to the Scottish capital.

Scholes also said he was looking forward to working with Edinburgh's backs coach Duncan Hodge.

"I've had some really positive conversations with Alan that ticked all the right boxes and I've heard nothing but good reports about Duncan."

Luke Marshall
Ireland centre Luke Marshall has agreed a new two-year Ulster deal

Belfast-born Scholes made nine appearances for Ireland's Under-20s but found it difficult to claim a regular starting role for his home province.

Solomons said that Edinburgh were "pleased to welcome" the wing.

"He is a talented young player who, I have no doubt, will make his mark here at Edinburgh."

Scholes is the third wing to sign for Edinburgh ahead of next season, with Scotland caps Damien Hoyland and Tom Brown also having committed to the club.

While Scholes will leave Ulster, Ireland international centre Luke Marshall has signed a two-year contract extension which will keep him at the Kingspan Stadium until the summer of 2018.

Marshall made his Ireland debut in 2013 and his impressive form this season has earned him a recall to the international squad after an injury-affected 2014-15.