Edinburgh sign Brumbies loosehead Harry Lloyd on short-term deal


Edinburgh have strengthened their front-row options ahead of the 2021/22 season after signing Brumbies loosehead Harry Lloyd on a short-term contract.

The 26-year-old has already arrived in Scotland and has completed his quarantine period which means he will be available for selection for the club's pre-season game against Newcastle Falcons on Friday.

“I’ve really enjoyed being in Scotland so far. It’s exciting to be joining an ambitious group at what is such a great time for the club," he told the club's official website.

“The opportunity to test myself against quality opposition, alongside this great group of players, is a challenge that I’m looking forward to immensely.

“I’d never been to Scotland before, so It’s been brilliant exploring Edinburgh in the short time I’ve been here. It’s an incredible city, and the weather at the moment is definitely an added bonus.

“I can’t wait to pull on the jersey, represent this city and make sure we get off to a great start in the club’s new home.”

Lloyd started his professional rugby career with Canberra Vikings in 2017 before switching to Western Force in 2017. He made a switch to Brumbies in 2020 but now will be part of the Scottish regional club until December before rejoining Force ahead of the 2022 season of Super Rugby Pacific.

“Harry is an experienced player who’ll be a good fit for this team – we’re really happy that we’ve been able to add him to the squad on a short-term deal," said Edinburgh head coach Mike Blair.

“He’s seen plenty of game time with the Brumbies and Western Force in recent seasons, so we’re hopeful that he can hit the ground running and contribute from the get-go.

“We’re delighted with the options we’ve currently got at loosehead, with Pierre Schoeman, Boan Venter and Sam Grahamslaw, however the addition of Harry only adds to the quality of that unit.

"That extra layer of cover and competition is vital in the professional game.”