American Eagles star to land in Edinburgh

Brett Thompson (Getty Images)
Brett Thompson (Getty Images)
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Edinburgh Rugby are set to unveil 23-year-old American Eagles utility back Brett Thompson as the last of their summer signings.

Sources in America say the former gridiron prospect, who made a try scoring 15-a-side debut in a win over Canada last month and holds 14 seven-a-side caps, has already put pen to paper on a one-year deal.

On social media today Thompson spoke of his last training run “until I leave for Scotland”.

Thompson has also been telling “This is American Rugby” website: “I’m excited for the opportunity and can’t wait to see how I progress over the year.”

His father – a prominent US rugby coach known as “Salty” Thompson –was raised here in Scotland. The US website also says: “Thompson has been a standout with the Eagles 7s over the past two years after originally starring at the University of Arizona.

This last season he played in all but one of the Eagles matches and was a leader on the team.”

Thompson’s arrival fills a gap created by the departure of Lee Jones with Tom Brown set to miss the start of the season. It will provide some strong competition for the likes of Dougie Fife, Tim Visser, Jack Cuthbert, Sam Beard and Jamie Farndale.

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