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De Luca commits to Edinburgh

Scotland centre Nick De Luca became the fourth Edinburgh player to sign a new two-year contract with the club this week.

The 26-year-old, who will start Sunday's Magners League game against the Ospreys eight days after coming off the bench in his country's RBS 6 Nations defeat in Italy, joins Steve Turnbull, Jim Thompson and Kyle Traynor in committing his future to the club in recent days. Captain Mike Blair, Allan Jacobsen and Chris Paterson have also all recently agreed new deals.

De Luca, who has won 15 caps and rejoined Edinburgh from Borders in the summer of 2007, said: "There were a lot of reasons behind my decision to stay with Edinburgh."

He added: "I'm enjoying my rugby here, we've got a good group of lads and good coaches.

"But the main reason is because I believe Edinburgh is a team moving forward and I want to be a part of that.

"Over the past two seasons, I've been fortunate enough to have been involved in the majority of Edinburgh's games and we've finished fourth and then second in the Magners League.

"Those were great achievements to have been a part of, but now we've got six games in order to better that and everyone is excited about what we can achieve."

Last season, De Luca managed to score a valuable try to ensure Edinburgh chalked up a home triumph over Ospreys, and the highly-rated back is aiming to repeat the feat against the Magners League leaders at Murrayfield tomorrow.

He added: "This season I haven't scored as many tries as I would have liked, but hopefully that will change against Ospreys on Sunday."

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