Scotland captain Barclay to join Edinburgh

Scotland captain Barclay to join Edinburgh
Scotland captain Barclay to join Edinburgh
John Barclay captained Scotland to victory over Samoa last weekend

Scotland captain John Barclay has agreed to join Edinburgh from Scarlets from next season.

The back-row, 31, has been with the Welsh region since leaving Glasgow Warriors in 2013, and captained them to the Pro12 title last year.

Capped 64 times by Scotland, Barclay will bring a wealth of experience to a side that has placed no higher than eighth in the last six league seasons.

Edinburgh are expected to formally announce his signing next week.

John Barclay factfile
Age: 31 Height: 6ft 2in Weight: 102kg
Caps: 64, seven as captain Tries: four
Barclay was first called-up to the Scotland squad in October 2004, at the age of just 18, by then-head coach Matt Williams
He made his Test debut in the 2007 World Cup defeat by New Zealand
Barclay formed one third of Scotland's "Killer Bs" back-row under Andy Robinson, alongside Glasgow Warriors team-mates Kelly Brown and Johnnie Beattie
He helped the Warriors to the Pro12 play-offs in 2013, before leaving Glasgow for Scarlets, whom he captained to the Pro12 title last season
With Greig Laidlaw injured, Barclay assumed the national captaincy for Six Nations victories over Wales and Italy this year, and retained the role for the summer tour and autumn internationals

Head coach Richard Cockerill surprised many by naming young back-row Magnus Bradbury as his captain at the start of the season, only to strip the player of that title following an off-field misdemeanour.

The arrival of Barclay, who is set to lead Scotland against New Zealand at Murrayfield on Saturday, continues Cockerill's remodelling of Edinburgh's squad.

The future of another Edinburgh and Scotland back-row, John Hardie, is unclear as he remains the subject of an ongoing internal disciplinary investigation into alleged cocaine use.


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