Brumbies loosehead signs short term deal
Edinburgh Rugby have bolstered the club’s front-row reserves with the short-term recruitment of Brumbies loosehead Harry Lloyd, who will be available to the capital side until December this year.
The 26-year-old Australian makes the switch to the Scottish capital ahead of joining Super Rugby AU side Western Force in 2022.
The dynamic loosehead prop has arrived in Edinburgh and, having undergone a period of isolation, will be available for selection for the upcoming Scottish Building Society Pre-Season match against Newcastle Falcons, the first game to be played at the club’s new home, Edinburgh Rugby Stadium (ERS).
On joining the club, Lloyd, said: “I’ve really enjoyed being in Scotland so far. It’s exciting to be joining an ambitious group at what is such a great time for the club.
“The opportunity to test myself against quality opposition, alongside this great group of players, is a challenge that I’m looking forward to immensely.
“I’d never been to Scotland before, so It’s been brilliant exploring Edinburgh in the short time I’ve been here. It’s an incredible city, and the weather at the moment is definitely an added bonus.
“I can’t wait to pull on the jersey, represent this city and make sure we get off to a great start in the club’s new home.”
Head Coach Mike Blair, added: “Harry is an experienced player who’ll be a good fit for this team – we’re really happy that we’ve been able to add him to the squad on a short-term deal.
“He’s seen plenty of game time with the Brumbies and Western Force in recent seasons, so we’re hopeful that he can hit the ground running and contribute from the get-go.
“We’re delighted with the options we’ve currently got at loosehead, with Pierre Schoeman, Boan Venter and Sam Grahamslaw, however the addition of Harry only adds to the quality of that unit. That extra layer of cover and competition is vital in the professional game.”
A former Canberra Viking and Western District Lions captain, Lloyd represented the Brumbies at U20 level as well as the Australian Barbarians, before joining Western Force in 2019.
The St Edmunds College graduate made 24 appearances in Perth, in both Global Rapid Rugby and National Rugby Championship competitions, before returning to Canberra to join his boyhood club, Brumbies, in 2019/20.
Lloyd first wore the Brumbies jersey in round one against the Queensland Reds. On that night, he became Brumby number 222, with the Canberra-local going on to feature 17 times in the past two seasons of Super Rugby AU and Trans-Tasman rugby.