Scotland lock Sam Skinner heading to Edinburgh

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Edinburgh have confirmed the signing of European Champions Cup and two-time Premiership-winning Exeter Chiefs and Scotland lock Sam Skinner.

Skinner – who will join the Scottish capital club next season – has started nine of his 15 Tests to date since he burst on to the scene with a player of the match winning international debut against Fiji at Murrayfield in 2018.

Keen to shine in new surroundings

The 26-year-old said: “I’m massively excited to make the move north next season. The URC is an extremely competitive league and I’m really looking forward to testing myself in a new environment with a great group of lads.

“I want to challenge myself and grow as a player and Edinburgh is the perfect place to do that. I can’t wait to get stuck in, help the club to success while really experiencing Edinburgh and Scotland.

“I’m really looking forward to working with Mike (Blair). I obviously worked with him for a period of time at Scotland and I like how he communicates and connects with players, while motivating them at the same time.

“He has Edinburgh playing an exciting brand of rugby and I believe it will suit my own playing style too.

“Having spoken to a lot of the boys at Scotland, there seems to be a really strong culture at the club, while it’s an exciting time with the new stadium, which I’ve heard has been fantastic so far with a brilliant atmosphere.”

Head coach Blair expressed his delight at the capture.

“He is a proven winner, while at 26 years old he still has plenty of years ahead of him to develop and grow as a player,” he said.

“I’ve obviously worked with Sam during my time with the national team, so I’ve seen first hand how dedicated he is to his craft, while his leadership and experience will bring added strength and depth to what is an already exciting forward pack.”

Skinner added that it was an “extremely hard” decision to leave Exeter.

“I’ve grown up supporting Exeter and lived here all my life,” he told his current club’s website. “What the Chiefs have given me in terms of my career is something I could never have dreamed of.

“To have experienced what I have, I will forever be grateful. As I said, it’s not been an easy decision, but I’ve come to a point in my career where, on a personal and playing level, I need to challenge myself in a different area and this feels like the right time to move on.”

England lock Jonny Hill swaps Exeter for Sale

Meanwhile, Sale Sharks have announced that British and Irish Lions and England lock Jonny Hill has signed a long-term contract to join the club ahead of the 2022/23 Premiership season.

The 27-year-old, who stands at 6ft7ins, has established himself as one of the most dynamic second-rows in the league having made 108 appearances for Exeter Chiefs, scoring an impressive 30 times.

Hill has nine England caps and was an ever-present during this year’s Autumn Nations Series, when he featured alongside future Sharks team-mates Bevan Rodd, Tom Curry, Raffi Quirke and Manu Tuilagi.

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