FORMER Scotland Under-20s captain and Edinburgh prospect Robin ‘Bomber’ Hislop will join English Premiership side Wasps next season.
Originally from Langholm, the loose-head prop progressed through the national age-grade ranks and ended up playing 18 games over two years – 2011 and 2012 – in the Under-20s side, alongside the likes of Stuart Hogg, Finn Russell, Hamish Watson, Jonny Gray, George Turner, Mark Bennett, Jamie Bhatti, Sam Hidalgo-Clyne and Gary Graham.
He broke into pro rugby as an academy player at Edinburgh, and earned a senior contract ahead of the 2011-12 season, but moved to English Championship side Rotherham Titans in 2014 after becoming frustrated by the lack of playing opportunities available under previous head coach Alan Solomons. He returned to Scotland to play the 2017-18 season with Ayr, and has spent the last three seasons with Doncaster Knights back in the English Championship.
Now 29, Hislop was selected in the Rugby Paper’s 2020 Greene King IPA Championship Dream Team and had a spell on loan with Saracens at the end of last season. This season he has captained the Knights to seven wins in the first eight games of their Championship campaign, which has put them second in the table.
“We are delighted to sign Bomber for next season,” said Wasps head coach Lee Blackett. “I really enjoyed my time with him at Rotherham, and I am really looking forward to working with him again at Wasps.
“Bomber has been one of the standout props in the Championship for quite a while now and he will really add to our front row options for next season.”
Hislop added: “I’m delighted to be joining Wasps, they are a big club, that play a great brand of rugby.
“I’m looking forward to testing myself back at that higher level on a daily basis and adding value to the squad.”