Edinburgh Rugby have moved to cover the likely absence of David Denton at this autumn’s World Cup by signing 26-year-old back row Nasi Manu from Dunedin-based Super 15 side The Highlanders on a two-year-contract.
The former All Black colt is due to arrive following the end of the Super 15 season in July.
His signing takes the number of non-Scots qualified players on SRU-owned Edinburgh’s books to 15 although South Africans Willem Nel and Cornell du Preez are expected to be available on residency before this autumn’s World Cup.
Manu, who lists hobbies as “playing the ukelele”, said: “I’m excited to be heading to Edinburgh and taking up a new challenge in my career. My partner and I are looking forward to living in Scotland and learning more about the history and culture.”
Edinburgh also revealed that Scots-qualified breakaway forward Hugh Blake would now be training with Glasgow until the end of May. Blake was controversially included in Scotland’s squad before making an appearance for Edinburgh and his involvement subsequently has amounted to one start and two substitute roles.
Edinburgh have also confirmed a contract extension until the end of this season for Kiwi stand off Jade Te Rure, as reported in Saturday’s Evening News.