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Edinburgh statement: The signing of Ben Healy from Munster

By Liam Heagney
(Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Edinburgh boss Mike Blair has secured the signature of the Scottish-qualified out-half Ben Healy from Munster on a two-year deal. A Wednesday lunchtime statement from the URC club read: “Edinburgh Rugby have today secured the signing of stand-off Ben Healy, who will join the club from Munster on a two-year deal ahead of the 2023/24 season.

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“Healy, 23, qualifies for Scotland through his grandparents and will make the move to Edinburgh in the summer at the end of his current deal. The highly regarded playmaker has been in fine form this current campaign and recently helped Munster to a dramatic 15-14 win against Ulster with a last-gasp try and conversion at Kingspan Stadium.

“A product of Glenstal Abbey school and the Munster academy, Healy made his professional debut against Edinburgh in November 2019, notching eleven points in the 18-16 defeat to the Scottish side.

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“A deadly accurate goal kicker, Healy’s talents from the tee have been on show throughout his career so far… The stand-off started in Munster’s 28–14 win against a South Africa XV this past November, grabbing eight points with a 100 per cent kicking record during the historic victory.”

Healy said: “Edinburgh are a hugely welcoming club with a really tight-knit playing squad. It’s also been great to see the club move into a new home in DAM Health Stadium which looks to have a brilliant atmosphere.

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“Having played against them several times it is clear how much they want to play. They have really developed their game under Mike and I believe that style will suit me. I’m looking forward to putting myself into a new environment and seeing how I go.

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“I’d like to thank everyone at Munster for their support over the last few seasons. I have loved every minute of my time playing with the club, but I felt now was the right time to take on a new and exciting challenge in Edinburgh.”

Edinburgh boss Blair added: “We are absolutely delighted to secure Ben’s signature. He is a quality playmaker who brings excellent game management and kicking ability to our already talented group of tens.

“He is kicking at goal at over 90 per cent accuracy so far this season while his performances, from both the bench and in starts for Munster, have been hugely impressive. He has got great calmness around the way he dictates play and influences matches.

“With Ben being Scottish qualified, that was another important factor in the decision to bring him in and I know he will be really excited to hit the ground running at a new club and in a new city while competing for a place in our squad. All of us at the club are looking forward to welcoming Ben to Edinburgh this coming summer.”

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