Edinburgh Rugby swoop for Auterac

Edinburgh Rugby swoop for Auterac

​Edinburgh Rugby today completed the signing of loosehead prop Nick Auterac who joins the capital club ahead of the 2022/23 season.

Auterac, 29, will make the move north this summer after leaving English Premiership side Northampton Saints, whom the experienced prop initially joined in 2020.

The former Saracens, Bath and Harlequins front-rower was named in the Scotland squad for last year’s cancelled Sumer Tests and now readies himself for what he calls ‘an extremely exciting next chapter’ north of the border.

Auterac said: “The city speaks for itself. I have visited briefly in the past and enjoyed that short trip whilst everyone I have spoken to, inside and outside of rugby, cannot speak highly enough of both Edinburgh Rugby and the Scottish capital.

“Joining Edinburgh is an extremely exciting next chapter for me. The club has been in great form over the last few seasons.”

A graduate of Saracens academy – during which period the prop enjoyed loan spells at both London Scottish and Bedford Blues – Auterac made the move to Bath in 2014 where he played a major role in helping the West Country side reach the 2015 Premiership Final.

The prop made 46 appearances in four seasons at The Rec before returning to London where he signed for Harlequins in 2018.

Following two years at The Stoop, the former Mill Hill School pupil made the move to Northampton in 2020 during Premiership Rugby's COVID-19 enforced hiatus.

With 19 appearances in the black, green and gold, Auterac will now play his rugby outwith England for the very first time and the prop is relishing the exciting new challenge of the URC.

“The opportunity to play in not only the URC but also the Champions Cup is a challenge I am relishing,” he continued.

“As a player, I would like to think my set piece is up there with the best and I believe I can be a world class scrummager.

“I also like to think, for a prop, I am a pretty good runner of the ball with some speed and obviously quite a bit of weight behind me.

“The general high standards of the squad and club was a huge factor in me joining and wanting to develop further as a player.

“I have also been fortunate to work with Mike Blair in previous Scotland camps, we had a really good relationship and he was another major factor for me signing in Edinburgh.”

Edinburgh Rugby Head Coach Mike Blair – who worked with Auterac during his spell as Scotland Interim Head Coach last summer – has backed Auterac’s move north and said:

“When the opportunity to sign Nick [Auterac] came about, we jumped at it. Having coached him with Scotland, and watched his games in the English Premiership, we know the type of player he is and the added quality he can bring to the squad.

“We’ve got a really talented group of looseheads at the club already with Pierre Schoeman, Boan Venter and Jamie Jack – while Harrison Courtney will once again be with us on a partnership contract – but as we’ve seen with injuries and international call-ups, it’s vital to build a strong squad with players that can step up straight away.

“Nick is a great guy who’ll fit in well the players and staff here at the club. We’re excited to welcome him to Edinburgh this summer.”

The signing of Auterac is announced as Edinburgh Rugby today launch Season Ticket Memberships for the 2022/23 season. Head to edinburghrugby.org to secure your place at DAM Health Stadium for another massive campaign which sees Heineken Champions Cup rugby return to the Scottish capital.

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