6ft 4in, 115kg flanker Nick Haining – who has previously represented Jersey Reds – will make the move north from Bristol Bears in the summer. Haining is
He’ll add some further strength in depth in that back-row where we’ve got a lot of internationals. He’s a very good player and he’s keen to put his hand up and try to push himself into the national squad as well. He’s a big boy, carries the ball very well and is a good footballer.Richard Cockerill on Nick Haining
Adding more back rows is worrying for Edinburgh fans who see a squad stacked with a lot of our favourites, but with Barclay, Ritchie, Mata and Bradbury currently signed to
Also inbound in the pack is Southern Kings hooker Mike Willemse (26) who has been brought in to cover the inevitable absences of Stuart McInally on Scotland duty, on a
He’s a very competent hooker that plays in the style of Stuart Mclnally. We’ve got a good selection of Scottish hookers, but Mike is a guy who’ll be with us all year round and will no doubt push everybody to the next level.Richard Cockerill
It suggests that cap centurion Ross Ford could be either retiring or moving on,
Richard Cockerill has long-since announced his desire for a “Goneva-style” winger hailing from the Pacific so with that in mind, he’s signed two.
They are Perpignan wing and Fiji Sevens player Eroni “The Sledgehammer” Sau (29) and Fiji Sevens
Kalione brings something different to our back-three. He gives us a little bit more of an x-factor and, as you see with the good teams around Europe, you need that type of threat.”Richard Cockerill
Sau made his Fiji Sevens debut in 2017 and earned him the Rookie of the Season title and a place in the overall Series Dream Team that year.
After speaking with Richard Cockerill and my friend Viliame Mata, I knew it would be a great move for my rugby career and also for my family. I can’t wait to work hard in the summer to earn a place in the team next year.Eroni Sau
A stronger Fijian contingent in Scotland – a pretty alien environment compared to Suva, weatherwise at least – can only help all of them grow and improve as well as teaching the art of unpredictability to our homegrown talents like Darcy Graham.
The final announcement of the day was either going to please Edinburgh fans looking for a scrum-half or those desperate to hang on to Hamish
We’ve got a great coaching staff and I want to win something with Edinburgh. If that takes two years or ten years, it doesn’t matter. This group of players and coaches is going places and I love the direction that the club is moving in.Hamish Watson
So with the pack looking pretty well reinforced for next
What we also know for next season: Allan Dell is set to join London Irish; Glasgow prop Jamie Bhatti has already been announced as his replacement.