Edinburgh Rugby today confirmed that Scots qualified Otago flanker Hugh Blake is being taken on board.
As well as confirming what the Evening News revealed on November 17, the regional outfit also put out the welcome mat for a Scots qualified stand-off.
Jade Te Rure will, like Blake, be attached initially for “three or four months” according to a statement issued on behalf of Edinburgh.
Blake, 22, was a member of the New Zealand side at the under-20 World Cup in France. He qualifies for Scotland through grandparents, one of whom is from Edinburgh.
Te Ruri, 21, joins from Manawatu. He has a grandmother from Edinburgh.
Head coach Alan Solomons said: “Hugh is a promising young openside flanker who already has experience of Super Rugby. We’re pleased to have him here and I have no doubt that he will give a good account of himself.
“Jade played an integral part in Manawatu’s recent ITM Cup success. He’s a talented player and a good goal kicker and I look forward to seeing him in action.”
Blake told the Otago Daily Times last month that his initial short-term central contract at Murrayfield was brokered through Scotland’s director of rugby.
“I did it all through Scott Johnson,” he said of a move that will lead to both players being assessed for a Scotland Test future with Edinburgh Rugby as a conduit.