De Luca Departs for Pastures New
Border Reivers have signed Scotland 7s star Nick De Luca from the Gunners. De Luca has signed a two-year-deal fresh from his recent outing with Scotland's Commonwealth Games sevens squad in Melbourne, Australia.
Currently an apprentice with the Gunners, De Luca, 22, turned down a number of offers from outside Scotland in a bid to gain 1st XV professional rugby in the Celtic League along with the possibility of Heineken Cup competition next season.
A member of the Scottish Institute of Sport, De Luca said: "I am hugely excited about the new challenge of joining the Border Reivers. They have stepped up this year and showed they are a very good side with a lot of young and feisty players. I am looking forward to being part of that and I already have some friends in the squad," he added.
The Reivers have also signed Scotland Under 21 cap Dougie Flockhart ahead of the BT Cup Final on Saturday where he will be at fullback for BT Premier One club Currie.
Reivers head coach Steve Bates commented, "Both players are young Scottish talents; we are looking forward to giving them the opportunity to play at the professional level because we recognise their potential to play on the international stage in the future."
Gunners supporters wish Nick all the best at the Reivers, except..... well you know the rest!
NICK DE LUCA Centre/Wing Born: 01.02.84 in Dumfries Height: 6ft. Weight: 14st 7lbs
Nicholas John De Luca made his tournament debut for Scotland 7s at the IRB Emirates Airline Dubai Sevens before travelling on to the event in George, South Africa the following week. He was also a member of the Scotland team who drew 33-33 with Argentina 7s in the curtain-raiser at Murrayfield during November's Autumn Tests. He was selected for the IRB tournaments in Wellington, NZ and Los Angeles, USA and helped Scotland pick up the bowl from both events before being selected for the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia and IRB Hong Kong Sevens. His injury time try against Tonga in the final of the USA bowl secured the 26-21 win and the silverware. He has played for Scotland at under-16, under-18, under-19 and under-21 levels. He was left wing in all four of Scotland's matches in the 2003 world junior championship in France, and he played in the Scottish Districts under-21 team's two wins against New Zealand Youth in November 2003, scoring a try in the Stirling match, before making his under-21 international debut in the match against the Welsh at Bridgend in February. He went on to play in all five of Scotland's under-21 matches in 2004.
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