NEWS | Prop Shields signs for Edinburgh as Rizzo returns to Leicester

Edinburgh Rugby have signed prop Matt Shields from English Championship side Rotherham Titans until the end of the season.

Born in Carlisle, the 26-year-old tighthead progressed through the Newcastle Falcons Academy before signing for Nottingham, where he played for two seasons.

A former English Counties star, Shields spent the next two seasons with Plymouth Albion and Darlington Mowden Park before penning a deal with Premiership outfit Harlequins in February 2016.

The prop signed for Rotherham ahead of the current season, but linked up with his new teammates today. On signing for Edinburgh, Shields said: “I’d like to thank everyone at Rotherham for their support and the opportunities that I’ve been given this season.

“However, I’m delighted to be joining Edinburgh at what is a very exciting time for the club, and I’m very much looking forward to working with Richard Cockerill and the rest of the players and coaches.”

Meanwhile, Italian international prop Michele Rizzo has returned to his parent club Leicester Tigers following a successful loan spell with the club.