Edinburgh Rugby turn to Fenner as cover for injured Leonard

Tony Fenner is expected to be involved in some key fixtures for Edinburgh. Pic: SNS/SRU
Tony Fenner is expected to be involved in some key fixtures for Edinburgh. Pic: SNS/SRU
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Edinburgh Rugby coach Alan Solomons has dipped into his extensive contacts book to make an emergency stand-off signing.

Tony Fenner, a 24-year-old who previously played for Solomons at South African provincial side Southern Kings, was immediately listed on the bench for tomorrow’s match with Leinster at Murrayfield in the RaboDirect PRO12 League.

Fenner has joined on a one-month trial at a time when regular No.10 Harry Leonard has just joined Piers Francis and Gregor Hunter on the injured list.

Solomons said of a player who has also played twice for Auckland and is currently with Italian club Viadana: “Tony played age-grade rugby for England then went across to New Zealand.

“He got opportunities to play club rugby and a bit of ITM cup rugby as well

“In 2010 when I started with the Kings we started from scratch and Tony was a guy we brought in. I thought he was very professional in what he did. Tony played regularly for us.

“I would like to have kept him but he had an opportunity in Otago. He always stayed in touch and I knew he was at Viadana.”

“It is a trial. It is a key position. This is an opportunity to view people. We obviously need it because we have a short term problem.

“The other factor is we have to look ahead and it is important you have quality in that position and important you have three guys who can play their comfortably.

“It is the most vital position. He is the pivot around which everything turns.”

Meanwhile, Greig Tonks continues to fill the stand-off berth in the absence of Leonard whose injury has been diagnosed as quadriceps tear.

Edinburgh team to face Leinster: Cuthbert, Fife, De Luca, Atiga, Brown, Tonks, Laidlaw, Dickinson, Ford, Nel, Gilchrist, Atkins, Du Preez, Denton, Grant. Subs: Lutui, Blaauw, Cross, Cox, Coman, Hart, Fenner, Beard.