Scottish Rugby are set to offer a permanent contract to New Zealand import Jade Te Rure.
The 21-year-old former All Black colts stand-off, who qualifies for Scotland under the ‘granny rule’, has been “on trial” since December after joining from Kiwi provincial side Manawatu.
According to reports in New Zealand, Te Rure will not now be returning home and has agreed a deal which severs a contract with Manawatu that had a year to run.
Te Rure’s grandmother hails from Edinburgh, who have used him in four matches so far, starting with cameo appearances off the bench against Lyon and Bordeaux-Begles in the European Challenge Cup.
Both the player’s starting roles, against Ospreys and Cardiff, culminated in substitutions.
In total, Te Rure has played 128 minutes of rugby for Edinburgh in earning his new deal that will see the Murrayfield authorities continue to assess whether a player who being kept out of Manawatu’s starting line-up has the ability to represent Scotland.
Te Rure’s continuing involvement with Edinburgh seemed increasingly likely after Tom Heathcote took up an offer which will see him return to English rugby after a season to link up with Worcester Warriors.
Other contenders for the Edinburgh No.10 jersey at this stage are Scotland utility back Greig Tonks, Phil Burleigh, who has appeared twice as playmaker but mostly at centre, and Carl Bezuidenhout, who has been injured for most of the season.