Heathcote to leave Edinburgh Rugby for Worcester

Tom Heathcote's Edinburgh career has been blighted by injury. Pic: SNS
Tom Heathcote's Edinburgh career has been blighted by injury. Pic: SNS
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Scottish rugby is set to bid farewell to another home-based internationalist as Edinburgh stand off Tom Heathcote today agreed to join Worcester Warriors when his one-year deal expires at the end of the season.

Heathcote joined Edinburgh at the beginning of Scotland’s summer tour when he was the only member of the playing party not to get game time.

Occasional injuries hampered progress for the three-times capped stand off, but he has made ten starts and five appearances off the bench for coach Alan Solomons’ team.

Heathcote, 23, who joined Edinburgh from Bath, said: “I’m really looking forward to joining Worcester. It is a great opportunity for me to join a club with so much potential and a bright future.”

Other caps moving out of Scotland include Sean Maitland, who is joining London Irish, while a question mark hangs against Tim Visser’s future. He is out of contract and could be playing somewhere other than Edinburgh.

Meanwhile, Edinburgh’s Sam Hidalgo-Clyne is among several Scotland players receiving treatment today in the wake of the 26-23 defeat by Wales, with prop Jon Welsh already ruled out for the rest of the RBS Six Nations.

A statement issued by the SRU said: “Sam Hidalgo-Clyne finished the game, however developed mild symptoms of a possible delayed concussion.”

It also states: “Jon Welsh sustained a fracture to his hand and will require surgery later in the week.

“Gordon Reid was removed from the field of play having sustained a blow to the head and, at the same time, straining his knee.

“Reid is ‘symptom free’ from his head knock however, given the mechanism of his injury, it is being treated as a concussion, requiring him to undergo the mandatory graduated return to play protocol.

“His knee is being scanned today. The outcome will determine the length of rehabilitation, in addition to the recovery from his head knock.

“Richie Gray sustained an injury to his upper arm and will also be scanned at Spire Murrayfield Hospital today (Monday), a further update will follow later in the week.”