ROSS DUNBAR has signed for Stade Niçois, Scottish Rugby’s associate French club, meaning that he will not, as expected, be involved with the Boroughmuir Super 6 outfit next season.
The 20-year-old prop who, was introduced to the game at Linlithgow Rugby Club, also had a two year spell at Stirling County before linking up with Boroughmuir where he came under the tutelage of former Scotland and British & Irish Lions front-rower Peter Wright.
Dunbar, who was a Level 3 Academy player last season, had surgery on a shoulder injury in April but is expected to be fit by August. He previously played for Scotland at Under-18, Under-19 and Under-20 levels, and was part of the squad at both the 2017 and 2018 World Rugby U20 Championships.
He is the first Scot announced as joining Stade Niçois for next season and is expected to link up with his former Boroughmuir colleague Archie Erskine, who is set for his second year at the club.
Dunbar will be looking to follow the example of Charlie Capps, whose good form while playing for the third-tier Federale 1 side secured a professional contract with Glasgow Warriors.
Stade Niçois will play in the same league next season after successfully appealing against a relegation imposed for failing to operate within agreed financial budgets. However, a points deduction ruled them out of the promotion play-offs at the end of the league campaign.
Of the other Scots who have been plying their trade on the French Riviera over the past 12 months, Cameron Hutchison is returning home and is expected to join a Super Six club, while Tyrone Homes is also heading back to start work as a fitness coach and Nick MacLennan has retired. He will focus on a business in his native New Zealand.