Stand-off Healy to join Edinburgh Rugby
Edinburgh Rugby has 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.
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 14-15 win against Ulster with a last-gasp try and conversion at Kingspan Stadium.
On joining Edinburgh, Healy said: “Edinburgh is 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.
“Having played against them several times it’s clear how much they want to play. They’ve 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.
“I’d like to thank everyone at Munster for their support over the last few seasons. I’ve 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.”
A product of Glenstal Abbey School and the Munster Academy, Healy made his professional debut against Edinburgh Rugby in November 2019, notching up 11 points in a 18-16 defeat to the capital side.
A deadly accurate goal kicker, Healy’s talents from the tee have been on show throughout his career so far.
The stand-off struck home an 80th minute 50m penalty to beat Scarlets in Round 1 of the 2021/21 season, while notching up a 20-point haul from his boot against Edinburgh in that same campaign.
Healy was then awarded the John McCarthy Award for Munster Academy Player of the Year for his performances throughout the 2020/21 season.
The stand-off started in Munster’s 28–14 win against a South Africa XV in Páirc Uí Chaoimh this past November, grabbing eight points with a 100% kicking record during the historic victory.
Edinburgh Rugby Head Coach Mike Blair has welcomed the signing of Healy, and added:
“We’re absolutely delighted to secure Ben’s [Healy] signature. He’s a quality playmaker who brings excellent game management and kicking ability to our already talented group of 10s.
“He’s kicking at goal at over 90% accuracy so far this season while his performances – from both the bench and in starts for Munster – have been hugely impressive. He’s 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’ll 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.”