US Eagles swoop for Bury's Edison

Rugby in the United States is progressing at a fast rate, but while there are few star names in their current national side, there could be one to look out for in Suffolk teenager Matt Edison.

Rugby in the United States is progressing at a fast rate, but while there are few star names in their current national side, there could be one to look out for in Suffolk teenager Matt Edison.

Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club's Edison has been selected for the Under-19 section of the US Eagles following recent trials.

The 18 year-old, who lives in Pakenham, wears the No.8 shirt for both the West Suffolk College Sports Academy as well as the second XV of Bury St Edmunds.

Edison's links to the US Eagles side came through his American father Mark who grew up playing American Football.


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A number of top English clubs are now reportedly interested in Edison who will now have to split his time between three sides.

When asked whether he believes that his son can make it all the way, father Mark said: “Absolutely, as long as he plays to the best he can. It's totally up to him and I will support him whatever he does.”

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Mark was also quick to praise the coaches who have had a positive impact on Matt's career, most notably Richard Martin who has followed his career since he was 13.

West Suffolk College Sports Academy's Neil Reader said: “Matt's call up is fantastic for both Matt and the club. He joins a list of top sportsman at the club at the moment and all this bodes well for the future.”

Edison will now look to cement his place in the Bury St Edmunds first XV under new coach Owen Scrigemour and then force his way up a level to the US Eagles U20 squad where he is already a reserve two years young.

While doing this he will also be looking to impress former England scrum-half Nigel Melville who is the president of rugby operations for USA Rugby.

He will also be touring with the Eagles towards the end of this year where he will look to further enhance his growing reputation.

If Edison were to make it to the top level he would have a tough decision to make as to who he might represent nationally. As well as being eligible to play for the USA and his home country of England, Edison also qualifies to play for Wales through his grandmother.

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