George Taylor’s contract extension has been based entirely on merit, and is nothing to do with the fact he is Scottish, or a graduate of the Scottish Rugby Academy. says Edinburgh Rugby head coach, Richard Cockerill.

Taylor made his debut for Edinburgh in November of last year however it is this season he has made a real mark, scoring his first tries for the capital club last month. Cockerill admits he has been hugely impressed with the 23-yer-old, and was quite to reiterate how well-deserved his contract extension is.

“I have no problems in bringing players to play in the first team. But they have to seize their opportunity,” he said.

“Just because you come through the academy or or are Scottish doesn’t mean you get the chance to play for Edinburgh. You need to show something about what you are about as a player and George has done that. I have no interest if he is Scottish or not. He deserved his opportunity to play so i was keen to extend his contract.”

Taylor has filled several roles in recent years, and Cockerill has been impressed with what he has seen.

“He would see himself as a 13 and he has turned out a good 12 for us. He can play either position well and is very physical. He has been tough with and without the ball and has not shown any nerves over the last couple of weeks.”