26/12/2019 – Guinness PRO14 Communications – Edinburgh Rugby re-sign Scotland lock Carmichael

Edinburgh Rugby have continued to strengthen their squad ahead of Saturday’s 1872 Cup derby at BT Murrayfield with the re-signing of Scotland international lock, Lewis Carmichael

Carmichael, 24, follows fellow Fosroc Scottish Rugby Academy graduate Luke Crosbie in committing his future to the club, with the lock today putting pen-to-paper on a new deal.

Carmichael made his 40th appearance for the club in Saturday 1872 Cup opener at Scotstoun, while he has featured in seven games so far this season after returning from a knee injury at the start of the current campaign.

On re-signing with the club, Carmichael, said: “Edinburgh is a club that means a lot to me and I love playing my rugby here. I'm really happy to have re-signed.

“We have a great squad here and we’re really tight-knit. I’m looking forward to representing this city in the seasons to come.”

Head Coach Richard Cockerill, added: “Lewis had a tough time with injuries last year, but he has come back stronger. We’ve been really happy with his development so far this season.

“He is a local guy, who has come right through the club’s academy system. It’s great to see another young, Scottish player commit his future to Edinburgh Rugby.”

Carmichael played his club rugby for Borders side Melrose – with whom he lifted the Premiership trophy in 2014 - before making his professional debut off the bench against Munster at Thomond Park in round three of the 2016/17 season.

The lock joined Super Rugby franchise Western Force on a loan-deal in February 2017 as part of his long-term development plan, and was called up to join the Scotland squad for the final two legs of their Summer Tour to Australia.

Following a breakout 2017/18 season that saw Carmichael score his first tries for the club in the European Challenge Cup wins over Krasny Yar, the lock was named in Gregor Townsend’s squad for the 2018 Summer Tour to Canada, USA and Argentina.

Carmichael became the 1095th player to represent Scotland with a replacement and try-scoring debut appearance in the national team's 48-10 win over Canada, before a week later he made his first Scotland start, in the 30-29 defeat to USA in Houston, Texas.

The lock missed the entirety of the 2018/19 season through injury, but his return to full fitness has seen him feature in seven games this year, including last weekend’s 1872 Cup opening leg at Scotstoun.