Luan de Bruin to leave Edinburgh for Newcastle at end of season

South African prop has signed a two-year deal with English Premiership side

Luan de Bruin will join Newcastle Falcons in the summer. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Luan de Bruin will join Newcastle Falcons in the summer. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

LUAN DE BRUIN will leave Edinburgh to join Newcastle Falcons at the end of the season. The 31-year-old, who can play both tight-head and loose-head prop, has been on the capital books since the start of the 2021-22 campaign, during which time he has played 25 games with 11 as a starter.

The South African arrived in the UK to play for Leicester Tigers in the winter of 2020 having turned heads playing internal representative matches in his homeland during the Covid period.

“He was chosen in the ‘Green and Gold’ team during Covid when we were playing internal games because there wasn’t any international rugby at the time, and he was a stand out in those games, so Leicester obviously noticed his ability and took him there where he had a fantastic season as a loose-head prop,” explained Edinburgh head coach Sean Everitt recently.


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However, de Bruin has struggled to establish himself as a front-line player at Edinburgh having been recruited initially as a tight-head prop, and the writing on the wall became apparent at the start of this month when it was announced that Englishman Paul Hill has been recruited from Northampton Saints for next season, the day after Angus Williams and D’Arcy Rae have both signed contract extensions. Javan Sebastian also has a year to run on his current contract, and big things are hoped for from teenager Ollie Blyth-Lafferty, who is in the academy.

Edinburgh currently have Pierre Schoeman, Boan Venter, Robin Hislop and recent academy prospect Mikey Jones as loose-head options.

De Bruin has signed a two-year deal with Newcastle Falcons, where he will team up against with the club’s consultant director of rugby, Steve Diamond, who fulfilled a similar role at Edinburgh this time last year after Mike Blair announced that he was stepping down as head coach.

“I had Luan up at Edinburgh and he really impressed me during that time,” said Diamond. “We’re signing him predominantly as a loose-head, although he does have the ability to play on the other side.

“He comes with the right pedigree after playing at Leicester, Edinburgh and the Cheetahs, and he does the basics well. He’s got plenty of experience and he’s a great fit for Micky Ward’s forward pack.

“He’s a strong scrummager, defends well, he’s big and mobile and gets over the gain line with his carrying. I’m looking forward to working with him again and seeing the impact he can make for us.”

 


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2 Comments

  1. Never really stood out for Edinburgh despite seemingly having the physical potential – good luck to him

    • he could be a decent loose head back up. Whatever fool thought he could play tight head was delusional. Hopefully he gets a chance at his better position

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