RaboDirect Pro 12: Edinburgh sign centre Sam Beard from Bay of Plenty

Last Updated: 07/10/13 5:31pm

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Sam Beard (c): Off to Edinburgh

Sam Beard (c): Off to Edinburgh

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Edinburgh have signed 23-year-old Bay of Plenty centre Sam Beard until the end of the season, subject to a medical.

The former Crusaders' development player has progressed through the New Zealand rugby ranks and is set to arrive in the Scottish capital later in the month.

"Beard has played most of his rugby in Canterbury and has proved himself to be a solid young 12 in the ITM Cup," Edinburgh Rugby head coach Alan Solomons told their official website.

"This opportunity is really an extended trial for him to prove he's capable of adding value to our squad longer term, while adding to an area in which we currently lack a little depth."

The player himself is relishing the prospect of playing in the Northern Hemisphere as he looks to continue his development.

"This is a very exciting opportunity and I'm looking forward to immersing myself in the club and the rugby culture," he said.

"I've only heard great things about the city and am looking forward to working hard to improve my game and further my rugby career.

"I consider myself a ball running midfielder that plays an attacking style of footy, but I'll look to do my best in offering whatever and wherever I can to benefit the side.

"Getting the chance to run out at Murrayfield Stadium will definitely be a career highlight for me."

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