Piers Francis makes move back from New Zealand to join Edinburgh Rugby

Last Updated: 20/11/12 1:05pm

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Piers Francis: Swapping Waikato for Edinburgh and a new challenge

Piers Francis: Swapping Waikato for Edinburgh and a new challenge

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Edinburgh have completed the signing of Waikato Chiefs fly-half Piers Francis on a two-year deal.

Francis, who was born in Kent, spent three years as a youngster with Saracens before moving to New Zealand to further his chances of top-flight rugby.

He played for the Auckland academy and made seven ITM Cup appearances for their senior side before joining the Super Rugby winners at the end of 2011.

A groin injury and fierce competition for places disrupted his chances of action in a Chiefs side that featured World Cup winner Aaron Cruden at No 10 and Sonny Bill Williams in the centre, where Francis can also line up.

He returned to their ITM Cup side towards the end of the domestic season and was part of the side that lifted the Ranfurly Cup in October.

Coach Michael Bradley said: "We're very pleased to secure the services of Piers Francis, as his introduction will strengthen and increase the competiveness of our squad across a number of positions.

"He's a very talented individual, who is quick, skilful, and has a fantastic eye for breaking the line. He's a very good fit for Edinburgh Rugby."

Francis said: "Coming from the UK, I was very excited by an approach from Edinburgh and it moved very quickly from there.

"It's a new challenge in two great competitions (RaboDirect Pro12, Heineken Cup) where I can test myself and integrate some of the southern hemisphere ways in my game into a club that's packed with internationalists.

"I believe I have the skills and the attitude to enjoy success with Edinburgh and see this as another great opportunity for me to develop my game even further as part of a very professional set-up alongside great players and great coaches."

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