Second-row Sam Thomson made the move back to Scotland following three seasons in Australia with Warringah Rugby Club.
Born in Edinburgh, Thomson came through the ranks at Kelvinside Academy and represented Glasgow District at U15, U16 and U17 levels.
The lock attended the University of Worcester while playing for Lydney RFC – a period in which Thomson represented Scottish Exiles U18’s – before joining New Zealand-based South Bridge Rugby for a six-month stint in 2015.
Thomson was recruited to the Perpignan Academy ahead of the 2015/2016 season, but returned to Scotland the following year where he enrolled as a Stage 3 player with the Fosroc Scottish Rugby Academy while aligned to Glasgow Warriors.
The 6ft 6in lock made his then-Guinness PRO12 debut for the Scotstoun club against Ulster in September 2016, but after sustaining a season-ending shoulder injury he made the move to Australia where he joined Warringah Rugby Club.
Thomson was an instant success down under and played a major role as The Rats lifted the Shute Shield in 2017, defeating Northern Suburbs 30-25 in the final.
In two further seasons in Australia, the lock competed in the National Rugby Championship for the Greater Sydney Rams, NSW Country and Sydney while continuing to feature for Warringah.
Statistically one of the best locks in the Shute Shield, Thomson led the league in lineout wins and steals in consecutive seasons, while the second-row was once again a key figure as the Sydney club reached back-to-back finals in 2018 and 2019.
Date of birth: 23 January 1994
Edinburgh Debut: 2019
Place of birth: Edinburgh