Hidalgo-Clyne New Zealand bound

Scotland under-20 cap and Edinburgh Rugby elite development scrum-half, Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, will travel to New Zealand as a replacement for Alex Allan for the MacPhail Scholarship.

Sam Hidalgo-Clyne with Scotland under-20Hidalgo-Clyne is given the opportunity to further his rugby career by spending 13 weeks in New Zealand's South Island, playing for local clubs in the Christchurch area and benefiting from the state-of-the art facilities and specialist coaching offered by the Canterbury RFU's international high performance unit.

He joins Glasgow Warriors and Ayr stand-off, Finn Russell, who has already spent two weeks on the scholarship.

Hidalgo-Clyne, said: “I’m really excited about going out to New Zealand, it is the first time I have been so I imagine the rugby and the culture will be quite different.

“I didn’t expect to be asked, but it is an opportunity you just have to take with two hands and make the most o

“I think it will hugely impact my development. New Zealand is a country that boasts the best players in the world, so they must be doing something right with their young players. It will be brilliant to learn from the coaches from the Canterbury Crusaders.

“I’ve been speaking to Finn on Twitter and he’s loving it out there, he’s settled in and is really getting stuck into the training, so I can’t wait.”

Scottish Rugby’s head of performance development, Stephen Gemmell, said: “Obviously we’re disappointed that Alex [Allan] was ruled out of this opportunity due to injury, but Sam [Hidalgo-Clyne] is a deserving replacement and this scholarship will accelerate his development.

“The decision to send Sam was made in consultation with Scotland under-20 head coach, Sean Lineen, considering what was best for Sam.

“We’re indebted to the Robertson Trust for their continued support to the development of our young players.”

Hidalgo-Clyne to spend 13 weeks in NZ

The Macphail Scholarship, now entering its ninth year, was established in memory of former Scotland hooker John Macphail, who died in 2004. In Macphail's business career, he was chief executive then chairman, of the Edrington Group, a private company that is owned by the Robertson Trust. Macphail was a trustee of the Robertson Trust for 28 years and chairman for 19 of those years.

The scholarship has a proud record of assisting the development of Scottish talent and previous winners also include the Edinburgh Rugby and Scotland lock Grant Gilchrist and his Edinburgh team mates, flanker Roddy Grant, stand-off Harry Leonard and hooker George Turner.