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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Sat, 16 December 2017
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Sun, 17 December 2017
Wasps v La Rochelle 13h00 Ricoh Arena
Clermont Auvergne v Saracens 15h15 Stade Marcel-Michelin
Ospreys v Northampton Saints 15h15 Liberty Stadium
Leicester Tigers v Munster 17h30 Welford Road
Fri, 22 December 2017
Wasps v Gloucester 22h00 Ricoh Arena
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Northampton Saints v Exeter Chiefs 22h00 Franklin's Gardens
Leicester Tigers v Saracens 22h00 Welford Road
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RESULT SCORE
Mon, 11 December 2017
Saracens v Clermont Auvergne 14 | 46
Sun, 10 December 2017
Exeter Chiefs v Leinster 8 | 18
Harlequins v Ulster 5 | 17
La Rochelle v Wasps 49 | 29
Sat, 09 December 2017
Munster v Leicester Tigers 33 | 10
Castres v Racing Metro 16 | 13
Northampton Saints v Ospreys 32 | 43
Toulon v Bath 24 | 20
Scarlets v Treviso 33 | 28
Fri, 08 December 2017
Glasgow Warriors v Montpellier 22 | 29
Sun, 03 December 2017
Harlequins v Saracens 20 | 19
Sat, 02 December 2017
Cheetahs v Scarlets 28 | 21
Munster v Ospreys 36 | 10
Wasps v Leicester Tigers 32 | 25
Treviso v Leinster 10 | 36
PRO14
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Pool A
Team P W D L Pts
Glasgow Warriors 10 10 0 0 48
Munster 10 7 0 3 36
Cheetahs 10 6 0 4 29
Cardiff Blues 10 4 0 6 19
Connacht 10 3 0 7 18
Zebre 10 3 0 7 16
Ospreys 10 2 0 8 11
Pool B
Team P W D L Pts
Scarlets 10 8 0 2 40
Leinster 10 8 0 2 37
Ulster 10 7 1 2 35
Edinburgh 10 6 0 4 28
Treviso 10 3 0 7 15
Dragons 10 2 1 7 13
Kings 10 0 0 10 4