05/12/2019 – Guinness PRO14 Communications – Johnstone commits future to Edinburgh Rugby

Edinburgh Rugby have continued to strengthen their squad with the re-signing of centre James Johnstone.

Johnstone, 29 – who has amassed 43 appearances for the capital side – becomes the third player to commit his future to the club this week following the re-signing of both Pierre Schoeman and Chris Dean.

The centre is named in the starting line-up as Edinburgh Rugby return to Challenge Cup action against Wasps at BT Murrayfield tomorrow evening.

On re-signing with the club, Johnstone, said: “I have been extremely grateful for the chance to represent my hometown team for the past two seasons and I am delighted to today extend my contract with the club.

“We have a great squad of players here and I look forward to being part of it in the future as we strive to bring success to this city.”

Head Coach Richard Cockerill, added: “Since joining from the Sevens programme, Jimmy has had a huge impact on the squad in the way he’s applied himself to improve his game.

“He’s another local man who’s committed himself to the future of the club and we all look forward to seeing him continue his development.”

A former Sevens star – who made over 40 appearances for Scotland in the World Rugby Sevens Series – Johnstone made his first appearance for the club from the bench in the 2015/16 season opening victory over Leinster at Meggetland.

Johnstone signed a full-time deal with the club in 2017/18 after impressing Head Coach Richard Cockerill in pre-season. The centre soon repaid that faith with a string of impressive performances at centre, including his first try for the club in the 24-19 1872 Cup win over Glasgow Warriors in December 2017.

The centre’s try-scoring form continued in 2018/19 as the capital side returned to the Heineken Champions Cup for the first time in five years.

Johnstone notched up memorable tries in both pool stage victories over Newcastle Falcons and RC Toulon, the latter a length of the field classic that helped secure the first-ever Scottish victory at Stade Mayol.

A product of the city’s Merchiston Castle School, Johnstone joins centre partner Chris Dean in re-signing with his hometown team.