De Luca in frame for Commonwealth Games sevens

Nick De Luca played at the 2006 Games in Melbourne
Nick De Luca played at the 2006 Games in Melbourne
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Departing Edinburgh star Nick de Luca looks set to sign off from Scottish rugby with an appearance in this summer’s Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

The 41-times capped centre, who has agreed to join relegated French side Biarritz, was a surprise inclusion when the sevens squad stepped up preparations at Murrayfield this week.

De Luca, a member of the Scotland Commonwealth Games team at Melbourne in 2006 and at the prestigious Hong Kong tournament that same year, said: “The games of sevens are the first I’ve played for eight years. I’m delighted to have the chance to be involved and be in contention for selection ahead of the Glasgow sevens. It’s a shock to the system playing the short game again, but I’m enjoying the challenge and the chance to get lots of ball in hand.”

De Luca was integral to Edinburgh’s plans at the start of this season, starting seven of the first eight games.

Latterly he has been a peripheral figure in missing out on the last six; his last appearance was against Scarlets in February.

If De Luca is to get a Games berth he will have to impress at the Glasgow tournament on the IRB circuit early next month when his presence as an experienced internationalist will add some maturity to a largely youthful squad.

Meanwhile, Currie are on the lookout for a new coach after Ally Donaldson decided to step down.