Tue, 26 Jan 2021

Another South African-born player is set to play Test rugby for Scotland.

This comes after Edinburgh confirmed that flyhalf Jaco van der Walt was set to be called up to the Scotland squad for the Autumn Nations Cup playoffs next weekend.

The former Lions pivot will not be available for Edinburgh's next PRO14 match against Ulster next Monday as he prepares to link up with the Scotland squad.

The 26-year-old recently qualified for selection on the residency rule, having been in Scotland for the minimum three-year period.

He is expected to start training with Gregor Townsend's side now that he has completed his quarantine period after flying to South Africa to get married.

"He won't play for us on Monday as he'll be preparing hopefully to be involved with Scotland on the Saturday," Edinburgh head coach Richard Cockerill told Scottish media.

"He has worked really hard at his game and is very committed to want to play for Scotland. We're very proud we have another player in the squad who'll get another opportunity in a week or so."

Scotland currently have injury concerns in the No 10 position, with both Finn Russell and Adam Hastings out which leaves Duncan Weir and Van der Walt as the remaining options.

Van der Walt will be the fourth South African in the Scotland squad, the others being WP Nel, Oli Kebble and Duhan van der Merwe.

- Compiled by Sport24 staff

Source: News24

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