WARRIORS fly-half Jono Lance is to join Guinness Pro-14 club Edinburgh for the 2020/21 season.
Lance has made 30 appearances since he joined Warriors, on an initial short-term contract midway through the 2017/18, and scored 82 points, including the match-winning conversion of Jamie Shillcock’s try against Harlequins at The Stoop in November.
He will join Edinburgh when his existing Warriors’ contract expires at the end of the current season and will depart Sixways with the best wishes of Director of Rugby Alan Solomons.
“All here at Sixways wish Jono the very best for his new venture and thank him for his contribution to the Warriors cause,” said Solomons, a former Edinburgh coach.
“From a personal perspective it has been a pleasure to coach Jono. He is a terrific bloke, an excellent team man and a very good player, who, I have no doubt, will make his mark in the Pro 14. He goes with our good wishes and will always be welcome here at Sixways.”
Lance, 29, was a Super Rugby winner with both the Queensland Reds and New South Wales Waratahs and injury ruled him out.
“To get the chance to come to a club that has become one of the strongest in the Guinness PRO14 and to hopefully play Champions Cup rugby was an opportunity I couldn’t refuse,” Lance said.
“The style of rugby Edinburgh have been playing is something that excites me and to have coaches who feel that you can be a big part of developing that brand of rugby was something I wanted to be a massive part of.
“My partner and I did a big drive through Scotland as a holiday and loved all of it. And Edinburgh is one of the greatest cities in the world, so to have the chance to play rugby there really is amazing.
“After chatting to some players and meeting the coaches to hear their vision for the club in the near future and long term, it’s clear that there are exciting times ahead for Edinburgh Rugby.”