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Edinburgh move for Andress

Edinburgh have signed Irish prop John Andress from Worcester Warriors on a two-year deal, the club have announced.

The Ireland A cap has agreed a deal until 2016 that will see him reunited with his former Ulster coach Alan Solomons, now in charge at Murrayfield.

The 6ft 2in, 18 stone tighthead has also featured for Exeter and Harlequins, b ut it was the chance to team up with South African Solomons which proved key to his decision to move north.

Andress said: "I'm really excited about joining Edinburgh. It's a fantastic rugby club in a great city.

"I know how good a coach Alan Solomons is and what he brings to the table so I'm delighted to get a chance to work under his guidance again.

"He feels that the club has a good infrastructure in place and is now looking to build on it.

"I've earned a lot of experience in two very tough scrummaging leagues and I'm keen to be part of this vision to build a successful club and work with the younger guys and help them develop."

Solomons said: "John is well known to me from my time in Ulster when he was a young boy playing under-20 rugby.

"He came through the age-grades in Ireland and then, in my opinion, did the right thing in signing for Exeter who were playing in the Championship.

"After a couple of successful years there he joined Harlequins and Worcester in the Premiership, which means he comes to us with a lot of tight-head experience earned in the two very competitive divisions.

"He is an outstanding scrummager, but is also good around the field. I think he will bring a lot to this club. We need depth in that tighthead position, and he'll give us a lot of experience in that role."


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