Dave Hewitt will pack down with the Gunners next season
Former All Blacks prop Dave Hewett has signed a two year contract with Edinburgh to try and help the Scottish side raise the Heineken Cup.
Hewitt spent the majority of this season on loan to Llanelli Scarlets, and was originially due to complete his transfer to the Scarlets after returning to New Zealand for one final Super 12 campaign.
But he decided to end his six-year association with Canterbury Crusaders and play his rugby at Edinburgh - the lure of playing Heineken Cup rugby proving crucial.
Hewitt has 22 tests for New Zealand, with two midweek games bringing his total number of games for the All Blacks to 24. His last Test appearance was in the 40-13 triumph over France in the third place play-off during the 2003 IRB Rugby World Cup in Australia.
Hewett commented, "I am really looking forward to the experience Edinburgh Rugby has to offer. I played my second Test match for the All Blacks at Murrayfield and really enjoyed my time leading up to that match. The people were really friendly when we were out and about in the city."
Frank Hadden, head coach, said: "Dave will be a fantastic asset to Edinburgh Rugby and reflects our ambition to re-establish ourselves amongst the top clubs in Europe."
Todd Blackadder, Edinburgh Rugby captain, said: "It is great that Edinburgh have secured the services of Dave, who I have played alongside for four years with Canterbury and The Crusaders. He has a great work ethic, is an ideal team man and will bring a lot to this club.
"He brings tremendous experience to our front row and we will look for him to help up-skill that area of play. I believe he will be a major positive influence and help push this club towards greater things," he added.