Edinburgh have this evening (Thursday) confirmed that stand-off Jono Lance won’t join the Capital club.
The signing of the 29-year-old Australian was announced by Edinburgh last month, subject to the two-time Super Rugby winner obtaining a UK Visa.
It is on these grounds that his move will now not go ahead.
A statement from Edinburgh said: “Edinburgh Rugby can confirm that the signing of stand-off Jono Lance will not be going ahead.
“Lance was due to join the squad next month, subject to obtaining the right to work in UK – and the signing was initially communicated in May. However, the player has been unable to obtain a UK Visa.
“The club wishes Jono all the best in his future ambitions and thanks him for his professionalism during this period of uncertainty regarding his signing with the club.”
The former Queensland Reds and NSW Waratahs ,playmaker was brought in by Cockerill to provide experienced competition for the number 10 jersey to first-choice Jaco van der Walt, and today’s news leaves the Capital side short of cover in an important position.
Having let Simon Hickey and Jason Baggott go this summer, they now only have Scotland U20 cap Nathan Chamberlain to back-up van der Walt, who could come into contention for a place in the Scotland squad by the end of the year.
Finding a suitable alternative is likely to be high on Richard Cockerill’s ‘to do’ list.
Image caption: Jono Lance won’t now be joining Edinburgh. Image courtesy Scottish Rugby