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Friday 28 November 2014

Hilterbrand set for Edinburgh move

James Hilterbrand, left, played against the British and Irish Lions earlier this summer
James Hilterbrand, left, played against the British and Irish Lions earlier this summer

Edinburgh have agreed a deal to sign former Australia Under-18 international front-row forward James Hilterbrand.

The 24-year-old will join from Super Rugby side Western Force, subject to a work permit and medical, on a two-year contract.

Hilterbrand, who can play hooker or both prop positions, is eligible to play for Scotland - his grandfather William Bain played for Aberdeen Football Club either side of the war.

Hilterbrand said: "I'm really excited about joining Edinburgh Rugby. I want to get a taste of Scottish rugby as soon as possible.

"I think this move is coming at the perfect time for me to learn from the best and keep progressing my footie.

"I hope to bring a different rugby perspective because of my different pathway into professional rugby. I'll definitely bring a lot of energy and heaps of passion."

Hilterbrand added: "Unfortunately my grandparents have passed away now, but I know they'd both be very proud to see one of the grandsons living in Scotland and playing for one of the top club sides."

Edinburgh head coach Alan Solomons believes his 18-stone signing will add steel to his front row.

Solomons, said: "James' versatility will be very useful for us, especially when you consider the attritional nature of the front row and immense physicality they must endure over the course of the season.

"His addition follows the recruitment of Wicus Blaauw last week and means we now have more depth and better competition for places in our front row, with our young Scottish props learning from experienced campaigners."

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