Edinburgh have signing versatile back Henry Immelman from French Top 14 side Montpellier. The 25-year-old learned his trade at Grey College, going on to feature in Free State XV squads before heading to France in 2016. Having helped the club to third and first-place regular season finishes in 2017 and 2018 with Vern Cotter, the ex-Scotland head coach, at the helm, he has scored a total of 13 tries in his 75 appearances.

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Immelman said: “I was really excited when I heard about Edinburgh being interested in me. After five seasons in France, I was considering a new experience in another league, so it was a no brainer.

“It’s an amazing club with a lot of history and after speaking to Richard Cockerill, the vision was clear where they saw me fitting in and how I can contribute.

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“The PRO14 – especially with the potential for the four new South African sides joining next season – will be a really great league to be part of and hopefully we will see Edinburgh do great things.

“I just want to get there, do my best, play rugby and experience a new home, a new competition and see what I can give back to Edinburgh.”

Edinburgh boss Cockerill added: “We’re delighted to announce Henry has signed for us despite a number of offers from elsewhere. He is a very good player, a big physical ball carrier, with a big boot on him and will really intensify the competition for places in a number of areas in our squad next season.

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“He will certainly add to our threat in the wide channels where we have already got some quality options and players coming through the system. We are putting together a really exciting group for the new season, one which we hope our supporters can see taking shape and can visualise running out before a big crowd at the new stadium.”

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