South African powerhouse pledges international future to Scotland

Pierre Schoeman will join Edinburgh when his Super Rugby commitments with the Bulls come to an end this summer.

Although capped by South Africa Schools and Under-20s, he is not tied to his native land thanks to the labyrinthine nature of World Rugby’s eligibility criteria.

And now the loosehead prop has pledged his international future to Scotland.

“To play international rugby is one of the biggest privileges, but it takes hard work,” says Schoeman.



“My aspirations were to become a Springbok, but now going to Edinburgh, me and my wife’s plan is to get citizenship [residency] over there.

“The rule changed from three years citizenship to five years, but that’s perfect, because I’ll wait the five years out, I’ll give my best every day, every week, every season.

“I’m going to work my flipping ass off to get into the Scotland team – if it takes three, five, seven years, I don’t care.


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“If I’m good enough and get the opportunity, I’ll be honoured and humbled. That’s a big goal of mine. One would never forget that in your career over there, if you play for Scotland, and it’s not just going to happen, but if you work hard through Edinburgh, there’s also the British and Irish Lions tour.

“There are a few goals I’ve set, but for now it’s to give back to Edinburgh Rugby itself.”

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