Sam Hidalgo-Clyne

Samuel Hidalgo-Clyne (born 4 August 1993) is a Scottish rugby union player who signed for Racing 92 as medical cover for the 2019 Rugby World Cup, having most recently played for English side Harlequins on loan from Welsh side Scarlets in the Guinness Pro14 and Scotland. He joined the Scarlets following the conclusion of the 2017/18 season. His primary position is as a scrum-half, but he can also operate as a fly-half, winger and full-back.

Sam Hidalgo-Clyne
Birth nameSamuel Peter Hidalgo-Clyne
Date of birth (1993-08-04) 4 August 1993 (age 26)
Place of birthGranada, Spain
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight84.2 kg (13 st 4 lb)
SchoolCorstorphine Primary, The Royal High School, Merchiston Castle School
UniversityEdinburgh University
Rugby union career
Position(s) Scrum Half
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
Edinburgh Rugby
Racing 92
Lyon OU
Correct as of 16 March 2019
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
Scotland U20
Correct as of 23 June 2018
National sevens team(s)
Years Team Comps
2011–2012 Scotland 7s 5 (9)

Early lifeEdit

Born in Jayena, Granada, Spain, he moved to Edinburgh at the age of three.[1] He began playing rugby at primary school for Forrester RFC and continued there when he started his secondary schooling at the Royal High School.[2] Having gained a scholarship, he attended Merchiston Castle School[1] where he played as a stand-off before being selected as a scrum-half.

Club rugbyEdit

Hidalgo-Clyne specialised in international sevens for the 2011–12 season and joined Edinburgh's elite development roster in the summer of 2012.

He was awarded a place on the 2013 Macphail Scholarship to New Zealand.[3]

Upon his return, Hidalgo-Clyne put himself in contention for a place in the senior squad and made his debut against Munster in September 2013.[4] His first try for the club came in the opening minute of Edinburgh's 48–0 evisceration of Benetton Treviso in December 2014.[5] At the end of the 2014–15 season, Hidalgo-Clyne was named the Pro12 Young Player of the Year.[6]

International careerEdit

Hidalgo-Clyne made his full Scotland debut on Saturday 7 February 2015, coming off the replacements' bench in a 15–8 defeat to France in the 2015 Six Nations Championship, and did so again in each of the remaining four matches.[7]

Hidalgo-Clyne has also represented Scotland under-17, under-18, under-20 and Scotland Sevens.


  1. ^ a b Lothian, Bill (29 May 2012). "Rugby: Ex-Forrester kid lands development deal". The Scotsman. Retrieved 30 April 2015.
  2. ^ Morrison, Iain (20 January 2015). "Six Nations: Sam Hidalgo-Clyne on fast-track to top". The Scotsman. Retrieved 2 May 2015.
  3. ^ Ferguson, David (26 September 2013). "Edinburgh v Scarlets: Sam Hidalgo-Clyne to start". The Scotsman. Retrieved 27 April 2015.
  4. ^ "Edinburgh Rugby (Sam Hidalgo-Clyne) - Edinburgh Rugby".
  5. ^ McVake, Roddy (19 December 2014). "Pro 12: Edinburgh 48-0 Treviso". BBC Sport.
  6. ^ "GUINNESS PRO12 Awards 2014/15" (Press release). Guinness Pro12. 17 May 2015. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 25 August 2015.
  7. ^ "Scotland (Sam Hidalgo-Clyne) - Scottish Rugby Union".

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Jonny Gray,
Gregor Hunter
John Macphail Scholarship
Finn Russell,
Sam Hidalgo-Clyne

Succeeded by
Ewan McQuillin,
Adam Ashe