ED­IN­BURGH

Evening Times - - RUGBY UNION -

SU­SAN EGELSTAFF

SAM THOM­SON had more than most to con­sider when pon­der­ing a move to the cap­i­tal.

The 25-year-old sec­ond-row had been on Glas­gow War­riors’ books for a short time in 2016 but had spent the past three years of his ca­reer in Aus­tralia play­ing for Greater Sydney Rams, NSW Coun­try, Sydney and most re­cently, War­ringah RC. And his stint Down Un­der meant that he was just a few months away from be­com­ing el­i­gi­ble to play for the Aus­tralian na­tional team.

Given the cir­cum­stances, the plan was not, ad­mits Thom­son, to re­turn to his home­land. But out of the blue, news reached him that Ed­in­burgh were in­ter­ested, with Scot­land as­sis­tant coach Matt Tay­lor play­ing no small part.

“I put some high­lights to­gether and sent them off. I knew Matt Tay­lor from my time at Glas­gow and he said he passed them around so he jokes that he’s now my agent,” said Thom­son.

“An agent got in touch with me and men­tioned that Ed­in­burgh were in­ter­ested. I hadn’t re­ally seen com­ing back as an op­tion be­cause I fig­ured I was out of the pic­ture but then they got in touch and within a cou­ple of days I spoke to Cock­ers (head coach, Richard Cock­er­ill) – he ex­plained he wanted me back over and there was an op­por­tu­nity there.”

Thom­son has signed a one-year con­tract and so there is an el­e­ment of pres­sure to en­sure his per­for­mances are good enough to earn an ex­ten­sion. But the lock in­sists he’s happy to be in this po­si­tion.

“This week­end will be my sixth game and con­sid­er­ing it’s my first year I’m re­ally happy with that,” he said.

“For me, it’s a case of con­sis­tency and my knowl­edge and mak­ing sure I nail my role, and then show what I can do and ex­press my­self.”

Ed­in­burgh lock Sam Thom­son

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