South African scrum-half Nic Groom heads to Edinburgh

Edinburgh head coach Richard Cockerill
Edinburgh head coach Richard Cockerill

Edinburgh have bolstered their squad ahead of the 2019/20 season with the signing of South African scrum-half Nic Groom.

Groom started his professional rugby debut with Western Province in 2011 and in the same year he made his Super Rugby debut for Stormers. Following a brief stint with Northampton Saints between 2016 and 2018, the 29-year-old switched to Lions in 2018.

Edinburgh head coach Richard Cockerill lavished praise on Groom and believes his experience in South Africa and with the Saints will be an asset to the club.

"Nic is a really intelligent player who has consistently been a standout performer during his time in Super Rugby and the English Premiership," said Cockerill.

"That experience in the number nine jersey is obviously key, but Nic's ability to snipe and create opportunities in and around the fringes brings a different dynamic to our squad, while his addition clearly creates competition for places.

"We've been looking at Nic for a while now, so it's great to finally welcome him to Edinburgh. We're really hopeful that he can make a strong impact in the seasons to come."

Meanwhile, Groom expressed his delight about making his debut for the Scottish regional club.

"I'm really excited to link-up with Edinburgh. I've been keeping an eye on their results from South Africa and it's definitely a club on the rise," he said.

"I can't wait to play my role in the seasons to come.

"My time at the Lions has been awesome. I've had the chance to work with fantastic coaches alongside some great players and I'm hugely grateful for the opportunity they gave me to play for them.

"From what I've heard, Edinburgh is a great place to live and play your rugby. My family can't wait for the adventure that lies ahead."

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