Edinburgh bolstered the club's back line options for the new season by signing the stand-off/centre Phil Burleigh from Highlanders in New Zealand on a two-year deal to 2016.

The 27-year-old rose through the ranks at Bay of Plenty before becoming a regular in the southern hemisphere's top-flight Super Rugby competition. He made his breakthrough with Chiefs in 2010 and continued his rise with a 2012 move to the Dunedin-based Highlanders, where he has been a consistent performer, making 32 Super Rugby appearances to date.

Alan Solomons, Edinburgh's head coach, said: "He 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, in terms of intensifying squad competition and facilitating future rotation."

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Burleigh will arrive at the end of the 2014 Super Rugby season, the date dependent on Highlanders' participation in the knockout rounds of the tournament. They are poised to earn a place in the play-offs. He said: "Alan Solomons talked me through his vision and the squad for next season. It sounds like he's building a good future, moving to competing further up the table and getting back into the European Rugby Champions Cup."