Edinburgh sign Warriors stand-off Lance
Edinburgh Rugby have secured the signing of Australian stand-off Jono Lance who will join the club from Worcester Warriors next season, subject to visa and medical.
A Super Rugby winner with both the Queensland Reds and New South Wales Waratahs, Lance, 29, has a wealth of experience at the top level, providing invaluable cover at both stand-off and fullback.
Having joined the Warriors in late 2017, Lance has since made 30 appearances at Sixways, scoring 82 points in that period.
On joining the club, Lance, said: “To get the chance to come to a club that has become one of the strongest in the Guinness PRO14 and to hopefully play Champions Cup rugby was an opportunity I couldn’t refuse.
“The style of rugby Edinburgh have been playing is something that excites me and to have coaches who feel that you can be a big part of developing that brand of rugby was something I wanted to be a massive part of.
“My partner and I did a big drive through Scotland as a holiday and loved all of it. And Edinburgh is one of the greatest cities in the world, so to have the chance to play rugby there really is amazing.
“After chatting to some players and meeting the coaches to hear their vision for the club in the near future and long term, it’s clear that there are exciting times ahead for Edinburgh Rugby.”
Head Coach Richard Cockerill, added: “Jono is a very experienced playmaker that fits the mould of both the type of rugby player and person that we want at this club.
“He’s a good character that works hard for his teammates and we believe that his skillset is well suited to the style of rugby we want to implement at Edinburgh.
“We’re delighted with the signing and look forward to working with Jono next season.”
Born in Canberra, Lance made his Super Rugby debut for the Reds in 2011, a season in which the Queensland club claimed their first-ever Super Rugby title.
Playing alongside Australian internationals Quade Cooper, Will Genia and Digby Ioane, the stand-off made 21 appearances in three seasons at Suncorp Stadium before joining the Waratahs in 2014.
Lance tasted instant success once again with his new club as the Waratahs beat the Crusaders 33-32 in a pulsating Super Rugby final to claim their first-ever Championship.
Lance played in the National Rugby Championship for the New South Wales Country Eagles in 2015 where he was named as National Rugby Championship Player of the Season before joining the Western Force for the 2016 season.
Lance starred for Perth Spirit in their 2016 title-winning National Rugby Championship campaign before being called up to the Wallabies touring squad.
After being named on the bench for Australia against France in November 2016, then Head Coach Michael Cheika tipped Lance to make his Test debut but an unfortunate injury sustained for a Wallaby XV against the French Barbarians saw him condemned to the sidelines.
Following the axing of the Force from the Super Rugby competition from 2018 onwards, Lance signed a short-term deal with English Premiership side Worcester Warriors.
The stand-off featured from the get-go in the Blue and Gold, landing 26 points from the tee and establishing himself as a first-team regular in his first eight games for the club.
Lance now makes the move north to the Scottish capital after two and a half seasons at the English Premiership club.