Sam Hidalgo-Clyne has found himself another short-term deal in France after leaving Racing 92. 


The former Scotland international has been having a transient time in recent years. As an Edinburgh player, the scrum-half signed for Scarlets in summer 2018 but that move didn’t end well. 

Despite making 18 appearances for the Welsh region, he switched to Premiership club Harlequins last March on a loan deal and decided to end his contract with Scarlets by mutual agreement when he returned. 

That left him free to link up with Racing in recent months after he was initially linked with Toulouse. Covering for the World Cup absence of Max Machenaud, Hidalgo-Clyne made six appearances – one start and five as a replacement – for the Parisians and he is now back in business with Top 14 leaders Lyon. 

Jean-Marc Doussain was injured in last weekend’s hammering at Montpellier, rupturing an adductor tendon that required surgery on Thursday. 

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That led to a search by Lyon that ended with the recruitment of Hidalgo-Clyne, the 17-times capped Scotland half-back, from next Monday as a medical joker. 

On leaving Wales last summer, he said: “I have enjoyed my time at the Scarlets. The boys are great and the fans are very passionate, but it’s best for all concerned that I continue my rugby career elsewhere.”

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