Hotshot: Edinburgh back-row Luke Crosbie

first_img Capital gains: Edinburgh’s Luke Crosbie breaks against London Irish. Photo: Getty Images Get to know Luke Crosbie, who has been called into the Edinburgh set-up this season Age 20 (22 April 1997) Born Edinburgh Club Currie Country Scotland Position Back-rowWhen did you first play rugby? At five. Football is big in the area I’m from, but one day I was walking with my dad and we heard all this noise at Livingston rugby club. People were running into each other and I wanted to give it a shot. We went home, Dad gave them a call and I went along to training.Have you always played back-row? I started in the second row, but around U18s I moved to the back row. I’ve always been pretty quick for a forward.What do you like about the position? It’s better than putting your head between two front-rows! I enjoy it because you get more time on the ball. I try to accelerate aggressively through contact when carrying. I want to do the basics well – run hard with the ball and tackle hard.FOR THE LATEST SUBSCRIPTION OFFERS, CLICK HEREWhen did you first achieve Scotland honours? At U18. I wasn’t selected at U16 – I was competing against players from private schools who were getting more exposure to rugby. I kept training and pushing myself, then I played for Edinburgh U16 and got my first cap for Scotland U18. Last season I got a Stage Three academy contract – my first full-time contact – and played U20s. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS And you play for Currie… I’ve been at Currie since high school and worked my way up from the U16s to the first XV. I made my debut at 17, away at Hawick.This season I’m also training full-time with Edinburgh. I’m still signed with the academy but instead of training with them I’m training with the pros. I want to get as much exposure at Edinburgh as I can.What do you do away from rugby?I’m doing a degree in business management with marketing at Heriot-Watt University. They do a scholarship for athletes playing at a high level, so you can do your studies part-time. That helps me balance it with full-time training.RW Verdict: Crosbie has a balanced outlook but has impressed Richard Cockerill enough to be picked for Edinburgh – he made his debut as a sub against Zebre in the Pro14 in October. He could well earn a professional contract by the season’s end. TAGS: Edinburgh Rugby This article first appeared in the December 2017 issue of Rugby World.last_img

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