Glasgow Warriors loan Hugh Blake to Bay of Plenty Steamers

Hugh Blake in action for Glasgow Warriors
Blake has made six appearances for Glasgow

Flanker Hugh Blake has returned to New Zealand to join Bay of Plenty Steamers on loan from Glasgow Warriors until the end of October.

The 23-year-old signed a two-year contract with the Pro12 club last August, two days before winning his only Scotland cap against Ireland.

Blake told Steamers' website: "I am really excited to return home.

"I was born in Tauranga and spent my early years growing up in Pongakawa. It's great to come back."

Blake, who played for New Zealand at under-20 level but qualifies for Scotland through his grandparents, joined Edinburgh on trial in December 2014 after leaving Steamers' Mitre 10 Cup rivals Otago.

He was chosen for Scotland's Six Nations squad the following month, somewhat controversially considering he had not yet made his debut for the Pro12 club.

Hugh Blake (right) makes his Scotland debut against Ireland
Hugh Blake (right) made his Scotland debut in a 28-22 defeat by Ireland

Blake subsequently moved from Edinburgh to Warriors last March before the transfer was made permanent.

However, he only made six appearances for Glasgow but has been playing regularly for Scotland Sevens.

Now he could feature for the Steamers in the upcoming Mitre 10 Cup.

"I am hoping to come back to play some good New Zealand fifteen-a-side running footie and stoked to take this opportunity," he added.

Bay of Plenty chief executive Mike Rogers was pleased to be giving an opportunity to a locally-born player.

"Hugh is a very talented loose forward," he said. "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."

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