EDINBURGH RUGBY are being linked with the signing of a Scots-qualified flanker from New Zealand’s provincial scene.
And the acquisition of 22-year-old Hugh Blake is already a done deal brokered through Scotland’s director of rugby, Scott Johnson, according to the Otago Daily Times.
A former All Black colt who played in the 2012 junior World Cup, Blake is already talking about the move, saying: “I was off contract with Otago and with my grandparents having emigrated from Scotland, I can get residency and can go as a local player.”
Edinburgh are also being linked with a move for another flanker, John Hardie, at the end of this season.
Blake, who is expected to arrive by the end of this month, adds: “Things have not been progressing much here. I had one year with the wider squad with the Highlanders but had nothing for next year, so I thought I would take on this opportunity.”
Knee and elbow injuries have blighted Blake’s progress and he is hoping for a fresh start while playing down prospects of making the Scotland squad.
“That hasn’t really been discussed. I did it all through Scottish director of rugby Scott Johnson. I just want to get over there and play some games.”
Blake will initially be contracted until the end of this season. John Hardie is four years older than Blake with added experience based on playing 44 times for the Highlanders in Super Rugby. He is also Scottish qualified.