NEWS | Edinburgh sign Samoan international prop Jordan Lay

Edinburgh have signed Samoan international prop Jordan Lay ahead of Saturday’s highly anticipated 1872 Cup second leg against Glasgow Warriors (Saturday 30 December, kick-off 3.15pm).

The 25-year-old loose-head arrives from New Zealand-based outfit the Bay of Plenty Steamers, and joins the club until the end of the season.

Lay featured for Samoa against Scotland during last month’s Autumn Tests at BT Murrayfield and has five caps for the South Sea Islanders.

On joining Edinburgh, Lay said: "I’m very grateful for this opportunity and I’m really excited to be a part of this team, representing this beautiful city. I can’t wait to get stuck in, work hard and put my hand up for selection."

Edinburgh Head Coach Richard Cockerill added: “Jordan is a young prop with great potential and I’m delighted that he’s chosen to join the club at an exciting time of the season.

He has impressed for Samoa on the international stage and he will no doubt add another dimension to what we’re building here at Edinburgh.”

Originally from the Samoan capital of Apia, Lay moved to Auckland alongside his younger brother James – who also plays in the front-row for Samoa – when he was just 3-years-old.

A product of Auckland’s renowned King’s College, the prop progressed into the school’s first XV, before making the move south to Tauranga’s Bay of Plenty Steamers, who compete in the Mitre 10 Cup.

Lay was handed his Samoan international debut against Tonga in July of this year, before being selected in the South Sea Islander’s squad for their European tour. The 25-year-old packed down against teammates WP Nel, Stuart McInally and Darryl Marfo in his side’s defeat to Scotland in November.

Meanwhile, lock Anton Bresler has left the club by mutual agreement in order to pursue other opportunities. The 29-year-old made 61 appearances for the club since joining in the summer of 2014. Edinburgh Rugby wishes him all the best in his next career steps.