Bath sign Scotland’s Denton to replace Burgess

David Denton will leave Edinburgh and join Bath

English Premiership Rugby club Bath have signed Scotland and Edinburgh back rower David Denton as a replacement for Sam Burgess who has returned to Rugby League.

The thirty-two-cap Scotland back-rower can switch between blindside and no 8, made 78 appearances for Edinburgh, with 74 of those in the starting XV.

Edinburgh have agreed to release Denton after him being with the Scottish club for the last six years.  His  most recent start for the club came against Munster in April this year and he scored eight tries for the capital club, the latest in the away win over Scarlets in March.

Denton said: “I’ve had an incredible six years at Edinburgh.

“It’s been the hardest decision I’ve ever made, as I am going to miss the club, but I am really looking forward to an opportunity to play at one of the premier clubs in Europe.”

Edinburgh Rugby head coach Alan Solomons said: “David has made an invaluable contribution to Edinburgh, both on and off the field, and I’m sad to see him go, both as his coach and personally.

“He’s been a model professional. His powerful performances and work ethic have been outstanding, and his commitment to the club over the years has been an inspiration to many of our younger players and supporters.

“I know this wasn’t an easy decision for him and I, and everyone at the club, wish him all the very best for the future.”

The 25-year-old, born in Zimbabwe, arrived in the capital aged 18, to study Economics at the University of Edinburgh and kicked off his rugby career in Scotland playing for Edinburgh Academicals’ 3rd XV.

Eligible for Scotland through his Glasgow-born mother, Denton progressed to represent Scotland under-20, and earned an Academy contract before being signed by Edinburgh Rugby for the 2010/11 season.

He made his professional debut off the bench against Ulster and quickly became an integral member of the squad, before making his international debut against Ireland in August 2011 in a RWC warm-up match.

Scottish Rugby Chief Executive Mark Dodson said: “This move represents an excellent opportunity for David to gain new experience in another playing environment.

“It came out of the blue, and while it wasn’t an easy decision, we weren’t going to stand in the way. Edinburgh Rugby is well covered in the back row department and this gives young, local talent like Jamie Ritchie, Magnus Bradbury and Hamish Watson further opportunities to play.

“David has been an excellent player and ambassador for Edinburgh and we look forward to him continuing to be available for Scotland national team duties, when selected.”

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