Recent Edinburgh Rugby recruit Allan Dell has set his sights on becoming the latest ‘Jock-bok’.
The 22-year-old former Natal Sharks player was a member of the South Africa side which won the 2012 Under-20 world cup.
However, after moving to the Murrayfield club in the summer, he is keen to earn Scotland honours. “My biggest goal for the future will be representing Scotland,” he said. “It will be a great privilege and honour to be considered for the team.”
His first priority, however, is simply to establish himself in the Edinburgh team. “My aspirations in Scotland are to get back into playing, getting fit and match fit, and putting myself in the best possible position to contend for a spot on the team and being in the match 23 week in and week out. I’m working on improving my scrummaging, and developing as a forward, especially with scrummaging being a major emphasis in the Northern Hemisphere. For now my focus is on bringing value to the squad, putting the team first and bringing success to the club.”
On the decision to uproot from South Africa and move to his grandmother’s home country, Dell said: “Firstly it was the opportunity to work with Alan Solomons, who is an outstanding coach, and his plans to go forward with the club, and the long term plans to get the club back to the top of European rugby. The coaching staff is exceptional.”