Scotland star set for shock mid-season switch to the Top 14 – report

Colin Newboult
Blair Kinghorn celebrating a Scotland try during the Rugby World Cup

Blair Kinghorn celebrating a Scotland try during the Rugby World Cup.

Scotland playmaker Blair Kinghorn is set to leave Edinburgh and join French giants Toulouse with immediate effect.

Midi Olympique are claiming that the full-back, who can also feature at fly-half or on the wing, will sign a long-term deal with the Top 14 outfit.

Kinghorn’s contract is due to expire at the end of the campaign, but he will reportedly join them immediately as a replacement for Melvyn Jaminet.

Jaminet’s move

The France international recently agreed a deal with Toulon as he seeks to get some more game time and regain his place as Les Bleus’ full-back.

His path was being blocked at both club and country by Thomas Ramos, who has very much cemented himself as the first choice 15.

Kinghorn will offer Toulouse quality and, most importantly, versatility – something which Jaminet lacked, given that he only played in one position.

It is a blow for Edinburgh, however, with the playmaker an experienced international having already featured over 50 times for Scotland since his debut in 2018.

No doubt Gregor Townsend would have also liked to have seen him remain in the country, albeit playing abroad does not prevent individuals from featuring for the national team.

Kinghorn’s class

In total, Kinghorn has made 53 appearances for Scotland, scoring 14 tries, and played in all four of their Rugby World Cup games, starting the big encounters against South Africa and Ireland.

With Stuart Hogg retiring ahead of the Rugby World Cup, the 26-year-old was seen as the readymade replacement for the centurion.

He is set to be a big part of the squad over the next four-year cycle as the Scots seek to improve on their pool stage exit at the 2023 global tournament.

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