Gunners Sign Former All Blacks Prop
Another Black 'n' Red transfer!
Edinburgh Rugby are delighted toannounce the arrival of former All Blacks prop David Hewett, who joins Edinburgh from Super 12 outfit Canterbury Crusaders, where he has played for the past six years.
David has signed for Edinburgh Rugby on a two year contract. He has 22 tests for New Zealand, with two midweek games bringing his total number of games for the All Blacks to 24. His last Test appearance was in the 40-13 triumph over France in the third place play-off during the 2003 IRB Rugby World Cup in Australia.
Dave Hewett said: "I am really looking forward to the experience Edinburgh Rugby has to offer. I played my second Test match for the All Blacks at Murrayfield and really enjoyed my time leading up to that match. The people were really friendly when we were out and about in the city."
Frank Hadden, head coach, said: "Dave will be a fantastic asset to Edinburgh Rugby and reflects our ambition to re-establish ourselves amongst the top clubs in Europe."
Todd Blackadder, Edinburgh Rugby captain, said: "It is great that Edinburgh have secured the services of Dave, who I have played alongside for four years with Canterbury and The Crusaders. He has a great work ethic, is an ideal team man and will bring a lot to this club.
"He brings tremendous experience to our front row and we will look for him to help up-skill that area of play. I believe he will be a major positive influence and help push this club towards greater things," he added.
His All Blacks debut was against Ireland "A" in Belfast at Ravenhill on 13 November 2001. His first Test match was at Lansdowne Road against Ireland where he scored a try within minutes of taking to the field. He made his Super 12 debut in 1999 with the All Black call-up from coach John Mitchell coming shortly thereafter. In 2001, he played in 30 matches which included all five on the New Zealand tour of UK and Argentina. He played 60 matches for The Crusaders up until 2004 and so far has played one match in the 2005 season