ALEX TOOLIS, the twin brother of Edinburgh and Scotland star Ben, will play for London Scottish in the English Championship next season, having signed for the Richmond outfit from Japanese side Kurita Water Gush.
The 6ft 7ins, 27-year-old lock grew up in Brisbane and was part of the Australian national academy programme. After a stand-out season for GPS Old Boys playing Queensland Premier Rugby, he signed – along with his brother – for Edinburgh, initially on an Elite Development contract in 2013, and then on a full-time deal the following year.
But he struggled to establish himself in the same way as Ben did, and ended up returning to Australia on a two-years deal with Melbourne Rebels ahead of the 2017 Super Rugby season.
A serious neck injury limited his game time in Melbourne and he joined Kurita Water Gush last year, before taking up this opportunity to return to the UK with London Scottish.
“I am really looking forward to working and playing with the boys at London Scottish. I’m excited to be back in the UK, share my experiences from rugby overseas and make the most of this fantastic opportunity,” said Toolis, who is eligible to play for Scotland through his mother, Linda, from Carluke.
“Alex is a player with immense quality, we are thrilled that he has decided to join the Club. He will bring considerable size to our pack for next season and experience from top class environments which he has been in previously,” said London Scottish Director of Rugby Dave Morris.