NEWS | Henry Pyrgos signs for Edinburgh

Scotland international scrum-half Henry Pyrgos has signed for Edinburgh on a one-year-deal.

The 28-year-old makes the move to the capital in search of a new challenge after eight years with Glasgow with whom he won the then Guinness PRO12 in 2015.

Capped 29 times for his country, the 28-year-old has also racked up 147 appearances for the Warriors in his eight years at Scotstoun since signing from Loughborough University.

On the prospect of linking up with Richard Cockerill’s side, he said: “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my eight years at Glasgow. Winning the league in 2015 was an incredible moment and one I’ll always remember. I’d especially like to thank all the players, management and fans for their support over the years.

“I’m really excited by the opportunity to join Edinburgh. The club has a great playing squad and coaching team, so I’m looking forward to being part of it. I believe the club is a great place for me to continue to develop as a player."

Edinburgh Head Coach Cockerill said: “Henry is a proven leader and comes with bags of experience which will add real strength in depth to our scrum-half group.

“He’s a winner and has captained Scotland, so it’s great that he feels Edinburgh is a place where he can compete for further honours with both club and country.”

Pyrgos made his international debut as a second-half substitute for former Edinburgh scrum-half Mike Blair against New Zealand in the first Autumn Test of 2012.

The same switch was made in the next game against South Africa in which Pyrgos scored his first international try, before adding a second as part of a stunning fightback which helped his country post a 21-19 victory over Argentina in the third Test of Scotland's 2014 summer tour.

Injury curtailed his involvement in the 2015 Six Nations, but after helping Glasgow lift the Guinness PRO12 title, Pyrgos was back on the scoresheet of that year's opening Summer Test against Ireland, in which he made his first start as captain.

He scored his third try in the Dublin Test match before scoring against Italy in Turin the following week and subsequently earned selection for the 2015 Rugby World Cup, captaining the side in the win over USA.

Pyrgos was ruled out for much of the following season due to injury, but he made his return to action in the 2016 summer tour to Japan, captaining the side and kicking nine points in the second Test.

A former pupil of Bryanston School in Dorset, Henry is eligible for Scotland through his mum, who was born in Grangemouth, while his grandparents were born in Dundee.