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Sam Beard and Carl Bezuidenhout have signed contract extensions with Edinburgh

Last Updated: 18/06/14 10:42am

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Sam Beard: Signed contract until 2016

Sam Beard: Signed contract until 2016

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Sam Beard and Carl Bezuidenhout have earned contract extensions with Edinburgh following impressive displays as trialists.

Centre Beard has signed until 2016 after making 13 appearances for the club following his arrival from ITM Cup side Bay of Plenty in November last year.

The 24-year-old steadily worked his way into squad contention and scored his first and only try for the club in the home win over Ospreys in February.

Welcoming the extension, head coach Alan Solomons said: "This is very good news for the club. Sam's a good bloke, a good team man and has fitted in very well here.

"He has got very good feet and has a good natural feel for the game.

"I think he has the potential to play a big part in our squad in the coming seasons.”

Versatility

Bezuidenhout has signed to 2015 after scoring 51 points in his 12 appearances at full-back and fly-half in a four-month trial midway through the season.

The 28-year-old came straight from an unbeaten Currie Cup championship-winning season with the Pumas - in which he was the tournament's top scorer - and his athleticism, versatility and deadly boot from distance has impressed Solomons.

The Edinburgh boss added: "Carl's versatility offers a great deal to us. He is equally comfortable at fly-half, full-back and wing, and is an outstanding kicker, from hand and off the floor.

"He's endured a tough couple of months, having joined straight from a strenuous Currie Cup winning season, and I feel that he deserves this opportunity to prepare appropriately and play a full season in order to show what he can do.”

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