Scottish international Hugh Blake returns home

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Kilted Kiwi: Scottish international Hugh Blake, who grew up in Tauranga, has signed to play for Bay of Plenty this season. PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES 170716sp20BOP
Kilted Kiwi: Scottish international Hugh Blake, who grew up in Tauranga, has signed to play for Bay of Plenty this season. PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES 170716sp20BOP

Scottish international loose forward Hugh Blake has returned home to play for the Bay of Plenty Steamers in the Mitre 10 Cup beginning next month.

Blake, 23, debuted for Scotland against Ireland in 2015, following his move from Edinburgh Rugby to Glasgow Warriors.

Prior to his shift to the Northern Hemisphere, Blake represented New Zealand Under 20 as well as playing for Otago.

Blake was selected in Scotland 7s side and played 11 of the HBSC World Series Sevens tournaments over the past two years, whilst also representing Glasgow Warriors.

"I am really excited to return home. I was born in Tauranga and spent my early years growing up in Pongakawa," Blake said.

"It's great to come back especially with my mum's family still being based here, so there is plenty of support."

Blake has been playing for Te Puke Sports and is excited for the upcoming season with the Steamers.

"I am hoping to come back to play some good New Zealand 15-aside running footie, and stoked to take this opportunity."

Bay of Plenty Rugby CEO, Mike Rogers, is delighted to have Blake on board.

"It is always pleasing when we can bring back Bay players," he said.

"Hugh is a very talented loose forward. His international experience will be a great addition to our team especially with the uncertainty around Mitch Karpik as he recovers from his injury that he sustained playing for the Chiefs during their pre-season game in Rotorua."

- Bay of Plenty Times

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