Callum Hunter-Hill, Hugh Fraser and Tom Galbraith have graduated from the BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy into full-time professional deals with Edinburgh.

All three featured for London Scottish throughout the 2016/17 season, while Fraser and Galbraith have been training with the capital club on a full-time basis since ending their time in Richmond.

Second-row Hunter-Hill, 20, who made an appearance for Glasgow Warrior in 2016/17 and skippered the under-20s, said: “I’ve no doubt it’s going to be a huge step-up into such a professional environment but I’m looking forward to the challenge and getting started with Edinburgh.

“There are some established players in the second-row at the club and it’s exciting to be able to learn from these guys and feed off their knowledge.

“I know a lot of the young guys at the club and something really seems to be building with a good blend of youth and experience. I’m excited to get involved, apply myself and start competing for a place in the team.”

Scrum-half Fraser, 21, was named in the World Rugby under-20 Championship ‘Dream Team’ in 2016.

“I’m really looking forward to finally stepping up and being with the side on a full-time basis,” he stated.

“It’s great to be training alongside experienced internationalists. It motivates you to aspire to their level and keeps you pushing on.

“I’ve enjoyed watching the boys I played age-grade rugby with do well in an Edinburgh shirt and hopefully I can follow in their footsteps.”

Galbraith – who is comfortable at stand-off, centre and full-back – was part of the same age-grade side as Fraser.

The 21-year-old said: “It’s great to have progressed through the Academy and be recognised with a pro-contract at the end.

“I’ve enjoyed spending time in the training environment already. It’s given me a chance to get to know the other boys and get into the swing of things before going into pre-season.

“I’ve played with a lot of the younger guys at under-20 and it’s great to see them getting on the Edinburgh team sheet. They’ve shown that with a great deal of hard work, it’s possible to get a shot.”

Tom Galbraith is pictured

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