Second Scottish international set to depart Exeter Chiefs 

Scottish international scrum-half Sam Hidalgo-Clyne is set to leave Exeter Chiefs at the end of the season to join Italian Rugby United Championship outfit Benetton Treviso according to the latest reports.

Hidalgo-Clyne, 28, is set for the next chapter of an already well-traveled career having previously played for Edinburgh, Harlequins, Lyon, Racing 92 and Scarlets before moving to Sandy Park in 2020.

The 14-cap international scrum-half was signed by Chiefs ahead of the 2020/21 season but with the 2019/20 season suspended for five months until August due to the Covid 19 pandemic, the Scot ended up playing the second half of Exeter’s most successful ever season, helping the club to the Gallagher Premiership and Heineken Champions Cup double.

Hidalgo-Clyne has made 29 appearances for the Chiefs since arriving at the club but has struggled for game time this season with Jack Maunder firmly first choice at the Devon club and his younger brother Sam coming through the ranks.

Elsewhere, director of rugby Rob Baxter has Stu Townsend – who is currently recovering from a shoulder injury – as an alternative option at number nine.

The Rugby Paper report Hidalgo-Clyne will join Benetton on a three-year deal with Italian international Callum Braley reportedly heading back to the Gallagher Premiership, having previously played for Bristol and Gloucester.

Northampton Saints are reportedly leading the chase to sign Braley.

Hidalgo-Clyne will be the second Scottish international to leave Chiefs this summer, should the move be confirmed, with versatile lock/backrower Sam Skinner joining Edinburgh Rugby while England star Jonny Hill has already agreed to join Sale Sharks next season.

Hill was released from the England squad this week ahead of the opening game of the 2022 Guinness Six Nations against Scotland on Saturday as he continues to recover from a stress fracture in his lower leg.

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