Sam Hidalgo-Clyne

About Sam
DOB 04/08/1993
Born Granada, Spain
Height 5ft 9in / 1.75m
Weight 13st 3lbs / 85kg

Position Scrum-Half
Total Appearances
Total Tries
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Previous Club Lyon
Honours Scotland, Scotland 7s

A new signing by Rob Baxter ahead of the 2020/21 season, the current Covid-19 crisis has meant the Scottish international has arrived in Devon earlier than anticipated and he has already penned a short-term deal with the Chiefs ahead of his proper contract starting.

Born in Spain, Hidalgo-Clyne moved to Scotland at the age of three and was quickly introduced to rugby at an early age. His talents were clear to see from the outset and having spent the 2011/12 season featuring for Scotland 7s, it was at Edinburgh Rugby where his career really began to take off.

He would spend seven successful years in the Scottish capital, before he opted for a switch to fellow Pro14 rivals, the Scarlets in 2018. His time in Wales proved short and sweet and since then he has featured for Harlequins (on loan), Racing 92 and, more recently, Lyon.

But, according to the man himself, his move to Devon has come at the ‘perfect time’ and he says the opportunity to join the Chiefs was one that he was not going to turn down.

“I’m very excited by the move,” said Hidalgo-Clyne, who has won 12 Test caps and featured at the 2015 Rugby World Cup. “Like a lot of people, I’ve watched how the Chiefs have done and how successful the club have become over the last few years. They are one of the great teams, not just in England, but across Europe, and it will be great to be part of their set-up.

“Even looking in from the outside, you can see Rob has created a fantastic environment for the players. They play a great brand of rugby, everyone appears to enjoy themselves and they are a team who clearly want to win things. As a player, there are a lot of things that would draw you to them. As I said, it’s a great move for me and my family and I’m really looking forward to the challenge.”

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