Edinburgh Rugby coach Alan Solomons has broken off preparations for tonight’s match at Lyon in the European Challenge Cup to savour the impending arrival of new talent.
Solomons might have been expected to be wary of taking on board Will Helu, from Wasps, for next season given this winger has only played once in the Aviva Premiership this season. But Solomons insists that exceptional competition at Wasps made Helu a bargain.
“They have tended to play (Tom) Varndell, they have two good wings and that has been a frustration for him (Helu) and has given the opportunity that perhaps we might not have had otherwise. Maybe Varndell has a bit of an edge on him in pace, he is incredibly quick. The other wing is also incredibly quick. Helu is no slouch, a big strong boy who can play at centre if necessary, that versatility is important. He is going to offer a lot.
As for tonight’s assignment at Lyon Solomons is taking nothing for granted.
“Lyon have beaten Clermont Auvergne and Stade Francais. They’ve picked up some pretty big scalps and have a lot of depth given their budget.”
Lyon they currently sit 11th in France’s Top 14 league competition