Hogg set for Falcons move

Scotland forward to make Newcastle switch

By Rachel Griffiths.   Last Updated: 10/05/10 8:44am

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Hogg: To join Falcons

Hogg: To join Falcons

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Allister Hogg has penned a two-year deal with Guinness Premiership club Newcastle Falcons, ending his eight-year spell at Edinburgh.

"I've enjoyed my eight years with Edinburgh. I've learned my trade here and played with a lot of great players in a good few teams."
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The Scotland forward has been hampered by injuries this season and had not featured since December before Edinburgh's defeat at Leinster on Sunday.

The Magners League clash marked 27-year-old Hogg's 138th appearance for Edinburgh since he arrived at Murrayfield in 2002.

Challenge

"I've enjoyed my eight years with Edinburgh. I've learned my trade here and played with a lot of great players in a good few teams," said Hogg.

"I am sad to go but I'm looking forward to the new challenge I'll face at Newcastle. Obviously I'll be playing in a different competition and I hope the move will help to improve me as a player.

"I thank all the Edinburgh players, coaches, staff and fans, for all their support over the years."

Edinburgh head coach Rob Moffat admits he is sad to see the forward go.

"Ally has opted to test himself in pastures new," said Moffat.

"He has had tough luck with injury this season but we wish him well and thank him for the commitment, leadership and rugby playing ability he has brought to the Edinburgh cause since he joined us in 2002."

Meanwhile, Ross Rennie has signed a new contract with the capital club.

The 24-year-old, who won his only cap for Ireland two years ago, has pledged his loyalty to the Murrayfield outfit for a further two years.

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