Sean Everitt brings Mosese Tuipulotu to Edinburgh

Brother of Glasgow Warriors and Scotland centre, Sione, agrees a two year deal

Edinburgh head coach Sean Everitt. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Edinburgh head coach Sean Everitt. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

EDINBURGH have signed the brother of Glasgow Warriors and Scotland star Sione Tuipulotu, as part of Scottish Rugby’s ongoing strategy of recruiting unproven players with potential from across the globe to paper over the cracks in the male performance pathway

Mosese Tuipulotu has been a member of the Watatahs Super Rugby squad since 2022, during which time he has made five appearances, with two starts and three run-outs off the bench.

He has signed a two-year deal, subject to visa and medical clearance, having first been linked to a move north late last season when he was, according to The Sydney Morning Herald, offered a multi-year deal worth £123,000 per annum by Scottish Rugby.


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Speaking last June, after making the decision to stay put with the Waratahs for the time being, Tuipulotu said: “I don’t know really, I think just in the point of my career, I’m just not really sold on going yet. Whether that happens in the future, I don’t know. But I’m really happy at this club and I love playing footy. I grew up watching the Wallabies, so I’d love to wear the gold jersey. Obviously, I’ve got Scottish heritage as well, so if I wear that jersey in the future, then I’d be happy to represent my culture.”

The six-foot, 102kg centre will compete for game time in the middle of the park for Edinburgh against James Lang, Chris Dean, Mark Bennett and Matt Currie.

With the older Tuipulotu brother, Huw Jones, Stafford McDowall and Tom Jordan vying for the 12 and 13 jerseys at Glasgow Warriors, it is hard to see where up-and-coming midfielders such as Duncan Munn, Kerr Yule, Johnny Ventisei, Ben Salmon and Sam Leweni are going to get the frontline minutes on the pitch they need to establish themselves with the two loss-making pro teams during the coming seasons.

“I’ve been speaking to my brother [Sione] quite a bit and there’s a few boys in Sydney that have been over to Edinburgh,” said the 23-year-old. “I’ve watched a few games from the URC and it’s an exciting competition so I’m really keen to get amongst it.

“I’m really excited if I get the opportunity to play in front of the Edinburgh fans. I like it carry hard and enjoy the contact area of the game but also like to get my teammates involved as much as I can. I’m excited to showcase my skill set in front of them.”

Reflecting on the likelihood of facing his elder brother in the 1872 Cup next season, he added: “I’ve actually never played against my brother and the derby between Edinburgh and Glasgow looks like a pretty cool fixture to be a part of.

“If I do happen to get the opportunity to play in it, I’m sure it’ll be a special moment with Sione on the other side. I’ll look to expose him!”

 

 

A product of St Kevin’s College, Melbourne, Tuipulotu played much of his junior rugby in Victoria, coming through the ranks of the Melbourne Rebels academy.

In 2021, he moved to New South Wales to represent Eastern Suburbs, before being named in the Waratahs squad for 2022.

He made his debut for the Super Rugby Pacific side in 2023 against the Hurricanes, making four appearances for the Sydney based side, featuring recently for 12 minutes off the bench in their recent away win against the Crusaders.

Edinburgh head coach Sean Everitt added: “Edinburgh Rugby has been tracking Mosese’s progress this season and this is a signing that excites us greatly. He is a player that can bring a lot of dynamism and versatility to the side, and we are very pleased the club has been able to make this move happen.

“He’s a young Scottish qualified player with a lot of potential, who we believe will be a good foil for our current stable of centres, so it will be great to see him develop alongside our more experienced centres and our emerging home-grown talent.”


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32 Comments

  1. David McAdam has expressed exactly how I feel re the signing of Tuipolotu. All I can add is that the SRU need to give serious thought to the appointment of the next director of performance. I don’t doubt that if local boys are good enough they will get a chance. Wouldn’t it be great if the biggest headache our national coach had, is which great player to leave out from the team.

  2. Scotland produce players from every corner of the globe. What a production line.

    Shout out to all the grannies 👵

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  3. Never mind who or what he is… is he from a private school so we can start a pile on please 😆🫣🏉

  4. I am as keen as the next person on developing Scotland internationals from within our own pathway system in Scotland. But there must also be a responsibility on those who have to plan for the national squads to look at where there might be gaps in 3-5 years time and source qualified players to fill those gaps. I’m not sure there is much being said on here that wasn’t said when DVDM (‘always injured’) and Sione (‘Who?’) were recruited and both of them have worked out well.

    Much as I want to see opportunities for Duncan Munn, Ben Salmon, Kerr Yule, Johnny Ventisei etc, it is actually a slightly older group that Mosese will be competing with. If you look at those who played age grade rugby for Scotland in the centre who are 12-18 months younger or older than Mosese you come up with this list
    Name DOB
    Robbie McCallum 11/6/00
    Scott Robeson 26/6/00
    Andrew Mitchell 20/11/00
    Scott King 28/1/01
    Matt Currie 22/2/01
    Mosese Tuipulotu 5/5/01
    Mikey Heron 17/9/01
    Ben Pickles 27/4/02
    Thomas Glendinning 18/7/02
    Chris Elliott 26/7/02
    Andy Stirrat 3/9/02
    Mikey Gray 10/10/02

    I like a lot of these players, but Currie is the only one who has actually earned a full pro contract up to now.

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  5. we are taking a £125k a year punt on a guy with a handful of meaningful games based on what how good his brother is. It is avery sad state of affairs indeed and boy oh boy does Iain Milne talk some @@@@ on here. Wales and England have won multiple grandslams and last i checked Australia have two world cups in the cupboard.

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  6. The young guy is welcome here, but unproven yet given a £100 per season contract! Special treatment for the old “he’s foreign so must be better” approach. The happy clappers making these comments don’t realise, it’s not an Edinburgh issue it’s a Scotland problem! Rugby is back to being a posh boys sport. Darci and Crosbie will are in the minority of non private school recruits and it will only get worse. The pathways system in Scotland is a farce and run by many under qualified personnel (Not everyone!). Scotland is losing droves of comprehensive educated kids because at a certain point, the “pathway” ends. Well done Mr Dodson!! Don’t worry, the happy clappers consisting of too many Facebook fans who’ve never played rugby will keep attending Murrayfield and paying the extortionate ticket prices to celebrate mediocrity year after year. After the next RWC, Townshend will gladly leave because at least half the team of teh “golden generation” will also have retired with no replacements from the age groups, currently well overtakem by Italy and Georgia and even Townsend will realise he’ll struggle to avoid the wooden spoon on a regular basis!!

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    • As people love to say look at what Ireland do, but don’t dig into the details.

      50+ % of players playing pro rugby are from private schools with less than 30% from state.

      The same could be said for all but Wales and France from the top countries. Private schools, primarily boys’ schools, spend more time with the kids on the training paddock with better facilities.

      Go speak to your local state school teacher and ask why they can’t provide the same level of training.

      BTW, I didn’t go to private school. I just look at the information available.

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      • Chris, if 50%+ go to private schools and less than 30% go to state schools do we assume that the remaining 20% are there on residency grounds?

      • I did and you’re absolutely correct in what you say. The only day we got “off,” was a Sunday and even then we were expected to ” find something constructive” to do like practising kicking running or the like and in the summer, cricket nets.
        That was after the weekly religious input in the morning. And you know what? It was brilliant

      • The state in Ireland provides a subsidy to all fee-paying schools.The state subsidy allows the schools to keep fees low compared to the UK. Half the price. The state subsidy also provides for sports scholarships. So able kids are swept up by the schools, hothouses in a semi pro environment, and the leave pro rugby ready. A lot of these players, as well as those at the clubs, are multi sport athletes as well. If Scotland wanted to replicate, they’d have to slash fees and grow the size of the schools, and ensure that off season, kids were playing other sports to a high level. If that isn’t
        Possible, and it isn’t, then school sport with all its tedious historic rivalries and fostering of big fish in small ponds, needs to be ditched and all players play for clubs, those clubs becoming high performance facilities.

      • Simple really, there’s no money in the public sector due to Tory austerity and running the country on pocket money from the treasury

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      • @Conrad, easy to use numbers to prove a point without providing full context. I just had the numbers from previous research.

        We really shouldn’t use Ireland for comparison as it is a state-funded sport.

    • Presumably you are a ‘real’ rugby fan then? And not one of these Facebook fans, who have never played rugby.

      Firstly the quote about not being a real fan because you haven’t played is disgraceful – firstly as you pointed out opportunity to play outside private’s schools can be difficult and not everyone is physically capable.

      Secondly, as a real fan you will have been aware our U18s just beat both Georgia and Italy, who have ‘currently well overtaken us’

      As for Tuipulotu, people are moaning about rumoured wages offered a year ago. He’s not really played since then so until here is confirmation on that price, I’ll reserve judgement.

      Not everyone that disagrees with you is a happy clapper.

  7. Two starts in two years for the Waratahs. Little experience to bring it seems and has had injuries. I hope it’s a good signing but much to prove it seems.

  8. As if Everitt had any say at all. This is Townsend picking players for his mid table national team. The pro teams will always be ‘nearly’ teams as their coaches have to concentrate on signing players for Scotland while other teams in the league strengthen for the URC and Europe.

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  9. nothing wrong with the article, opinions are okay ? and it’s pretty hard on boys already in the system or that have been discarded by scottish rugby not getting a chance ,
    nothing against the lad however !

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    • Yes think we can all agree with that, while also thinking this is exactly what we might need. Esp when you consider MB may well be gone next year …

    • Indeed it’s a ludicrous waste of money that we don’t have and another massive slap in the face to youngsters who get nothing back for their hard work in the pointless development system.

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    • Does the signing of Bradbury block the pathway for younger players or drive away by showing lack of confidence in them. Or does that only happen when we sign foreigners.

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      • Born and bred Scottish, couldn’t be more Scottish so totally unfair to even mention him in these sorts of discussions. A Scotsman replaces a Fijian in one of our pro teams. What is the problem with that???!

  10. The writer seems to have a scunner against anyone not born and bred within sight of the castle. With Dean’s, Bennett in their thirties, it seems logical to bring in a Scots qualified 22 year old.
    We’ve been relying on Scots qualified imports since the days of Lineen,Leslie etc – it’s not going to change any time soon. The pathway players will get their chance if their good enough.

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    • The development players literally haven’t been given a chance in last decade and since the days of Leslie etc we have won (checks notes) NOTHING….30 years of short termism has brought 30 years of failure. Ireland have a different approach and guess what it’s working a treat!! We can’t even afford to make foreign signings with the current finances but youth development and grass roots will undoubtedly be the area cut the hardest deepening the cycle of failure.

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      • They still play a 34-year-old Aki as they haven’t produced a player that can do what currently works for a 12 in international rugby.

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      • Under the old system it took us 59 years to win a Grand Slam. We have made big improvements in the calibre of player we have brought in over the last 10 years, some real class performers who have done the Scotland jersey proud.
        You should take a long hard look at how successful we were at bringing talent thorough before the game went professional !
        Why do people compare us to Ireland and not Wales, England, Australia etc ?

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      • Well Iain I would suggest the reason people don’t compare Scotland with England is because England have far more resources available to them and the reason people compare Scotland with Ireland and not Wales is because they would rather aim to mirror success and not failure. I really don’t think it is rocket science!

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    • Absolutely Ed both Dean and Bennet also on the slide in terms of ability. I’d have preferred an oven ready player to go straight in (Sam James leaving Sale?) with some quality but then the complaints would have been about not SQ.

  11. Blimey. Not sure I agree with the tone of this article. As a Glasgow fan, I think Sione has worked out pretty well. I thought this would be an exciting signing for Edinburgh, but apparently not. Signing another Scots qualified centre is a problem for our two loss making pro sides.

    It’s up to Edinburgh fans to decide if this is an upgrade on their current options, but if Mosese is anything like his brother, he’ll bring something different and he may help to bring the best out of Healy.

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    • the tone is poor
      This guy is signed for next season. The pathway won’t be fixed and producing players by then. Those already with pro teams will get game time if good enough. Just like Williamson, Ferrie, Samuel, Afshar, Hiddlestone. AT least at Glasgow they would. If Edinburgh are not selecting on the same basis, whether through choice or through lack of development of players, that is where the problem is right now

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    • Dull sentiments re pathways, if Mosese is ½ as good as his brother at 12 then he’s a potentially great signing.
      Edinburgh have been crying out for a ball playing 12 for years.

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