Scotland cap Hugh Blake has returned to
New Zealand to play for the Bay of Plenty
Steamers in the upcoming Mitre 10 Cup,
the club have announced.
The 23-year-old back-row man arrived at
Edinburgh Rugby on trial in late 2014 and
went into Scotland’s extended squad for
the 6 Nations in early 2015.
Blake, who qualifies for Scotland through
his paternal Glaswegian grandparents,
went on to make his one and only
appearance to date for Scotland against
Ireland in the summer of 2015 in the
build-up to the World Cup.
Ahead of season 2015/16 he signed a
two year deal with Glasgow Warriors
following a loan spell.
He has made six appearances for the
Warriors and 11 for the Scotland Sevens
side, including during their event win at
Twickenham in May.
Blake, a former New Zealand under-20
player, said: “I am really excited to return
home, I was born in Tauranga and spent
my early years growing up in Pongakawa.
It’s great to come back especially with my
mum’s family still being based here, so
there is plenty of support.”
“I am hoping to come back to play some
good New Zealand XV-a-side running
footie and am stoked to take this
“Very talented”
Bay of Plenty Rugby Union CEO Mike
Rogers stated: “It is always pleasing
when we can bring back Bay players.
“Hugh is a very talented loose forward.
His international experience will be a
great addition to our team.”
The Bay of Plenty Steamers have their
first Mitre 10 Cup matches on August 20
against Taranaki.