Scotland duo to captain Edinburgh

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 12:29
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NEWS: Head coach Alan Solomons has named hooker Stuart McInally and lock Grant Gilchrist as Edinburgh Rugby's co-captains for the 2016/17 season.

Both Scotland internationals and both 26-years-old have previously captained Edinburgh Rugby respectively.

Born and bred in the city, McInally has made 79 competitive appearances in an Edinburgh Rugby shirt since joining in the 2010/11 season, in which he made his debut off the bench against Munster.

The hooker, who is a product of George Watson's College in the city and started his professional career as a back row, has been capped on nine occasions for his country, six of which have resulted in victory for Scotland.

Gilchrist is a product of the club's Academy system, graduating to a fully professional contract in the 2011/12 season and making an immediate impact in his maiden season starting in 23 of the club's 26 matches.

The lock, who came through the ranks at Alloa and Stirling County, has donned the black and red of Edinburgh on 77 occasions.

He has also captained his country on two occasions from 12 Test caps, with his most recent international appearance coming in Scotland's Rugby World Cup victory over USA Eagles.

McInally said: "It's a huge honour and I'm looking forward to the challenge ahead alongside Grant [Gilchrist].  Captaincy is something that I've done throughout the age-grade ranks, so it sits very comfortably with me.

"We've got a great group of players here, who are all focused on driving the club forward this season,"

Gilchrist said: "I'm very proud to be given the opportunity to captain Edinburgh alongside Stuart [McInally], and I'm personally looking forward to being back playing rugby in the Edinburgh jersey.

"There is a good feeling in the squad here, and all the players are excited about the season ahead,"

Solomons said: "At this stage of the club's development, with the players needing to assume responsibility for their performance, the situation is ideal for a co-captaincy.

"This is underscored by the fact that in Grant Gilchrist and Stuart McInally we have two established Scottish international players who are both excellent leaders on and off the field.  They also complement each other very well in their style"

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