Rugby: Edinburgh sign up All Black Atiga

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Edinburgh RUGBY have added to their squad with the signing of New Zealand back Ben Atiga, who will join the side next season from Super 15 side Highlanders on a two-year contract.

Atiga, 28, has one cap for the All Blacks, and arrives with a wealth of Super Rugby experience and provincial championship success, as part of an all-star Auckland Blues side from 2004 to 2008.

“It all happened very fast, probably in the space of about three weeks,” explained Atiga. “The club were very interested in what I could bring to the table from a playing perspective but Michael [Bradley] also explained that he would be looking for me to play a leadership role and help bring on young Scottish players, a role which I’ve played with New Zealanders for the last couple of seasons.”

Edinburgh Rugby head coach Bradley said: “Ben [Atiga] has proven his ability on some of the toughest stages in world rugby and will be a formidable option at centre and full-back for Edinburgh Rugby for at least the next two seasons.”