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Edinburgh sign up a Highlander

26th June 2014 11:21

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Edinburgh have confirmed the signing of Phil Burleigh, who will arrive from Super Rugby side the Highlanders on a two-year contract until 2016.

The 27-year-old came through the ranks with Bay of Plenty before he made the move to the Chiefs in 2010 and then went on to the Dunedin side.

"This is excellent news for Edinburgh Rugby. Phil Burleigh is an experienced Super Rugby back," coach Alan Solomons told Edinburgh's website.

"He is a very good player and comes very highly rated and regarded. He is a strong, physical, and intelligent player and that will be a big help to us.

"We've signed him primarily as a stand-off but he is also comfortable at 12 and 13, which is important, both in terms of intensifying squad competition and facilitating future rotation."

Burleigh will arrive at the conclusion of the 2014 Super Rugby season, the exact date dependant on the Highlanders' participation in the knockouts.

"I'm really excited about the challenge at a proud club with growing ambition," said Burleigh.

"I've spoken to Alan Solomons [head coach] who talked me through his vision and the squad for next season and it sounds like he's building a good future for the club, moving towards competing further up the table and getting back into the European Rugby Champions Cup.

"I'm really looking forward to being part of that challenge and building for future success."

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