Edinburgh lock down Scotland rookie Marshall Sykes


Edinburgh have confirmed that Marshall Sykes will remain with Scottish franchise URC until at least 2026.

At just 24 years old, Sykes has established himself as a key striker for Edinburgh, making 19 appearances in all competitions this season.

Since his move from Glasgow Warriors in 2020, he has stood out for his solid defending, high work rate and skill at disrupting opposition set-pieces.

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Sykes – who was educated at St Joseph's College in Ipswich – initially represented Scotland at Under-18 level and made his Scotland Under-20 debut during the 2018 Six Nations.

Despite an injury that sidelined him for the 2019 Under-20 Six Nations, performances with the Ayrshire Bulls led to his inclusion in the World Rugby Under-20 Championship in Argentina.

Sykes made his first start for Edinburgh in March 2021 and scored his first try for the club in June 2021. The 6'7, 121kg striker won his first cap for Scotland in the Autumn Nations Test against Tonga in October 2021 and celebrated his 50th anniversary in Edinburgh. He appeared in December of the same year.

“I am very pleased to have extended my contract with Edinburgh,” Sykes said. “The club and the city have become a real home for me and I'm excited to be part of what's to come in the next two years. There's a real sense of togetherness here and I feel a huge amount of pride every time I pull on an Edinburgh shirt.

“Sean [Everitt] He's been fantastic since he's arrived and I've really enjoyed working with him so far this season. The boys are doing their best and you can see that in our shows. We'll leave nothing there with two huge games coming at the end of this campaign.

“I am very pleased to have extended my contract with Edinburgh Rugby.

“The club and the city have become a real home for me and I'm excited to be part of what's to come in the next two years. There's a real sense of togetherness here and I feel a huge amount of pride every time I pull on an Edinburgh shirt.

“Sean [Everitt] He's been fantastic since he's arrived and I've really enjoyed working with him so far this season. The boys are doing their best and you can see that in our shows. We'll leave nothing out there with two huge games coming at the end of this campaign.





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