Edinburgh sign front-row James Hilterbrand from Western Force
Last Updated: 26/08/13 2:33pm
James Hilterbrand (left) lines up Tom Croft
Edinburgh have signed front-row forward James Hilterbrand on a two-year deal from Super Rugby side Western Force.
Hilterbrand, whose move is subject to being granted a visa, can play hooker and in both prop positions and is eligible to play for Scotland.
The 24-year-old has made two Super Rugby appearances and played against the British & Irish Lions in June.
Edinburgh head coach Alan Solomons told the club's website: "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."
Hilterbrand, who will arrive early next month, is eligible to represent Scotland through his grandmother, Doris, from Aberdeen, and grandfather, William Bain, from Falkirk, who played for Aberdeen FC either side of the Second World 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.
"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."