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Stuart McInally and Grant Gilchrist named co-captains of Edinburgh

Published 23/08/2016

Edinburgh's Stuart McInally, pictured, will share the captaincy of the club with Grant Gilchrist
Edinburgh's Stuart McInally, pictured, will share the captaincy of the club with Grant Gilchrist

Stuart McInally and Grant Gilchrist will share the Edinburgh captaincy this season after being handed joint custody of the armband by head coach Alan Solomons.

The Scotland internationals have both previously skippered the Murrayfield outfit.

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 styles."

Edinburgh-born forward McInally has made 79 competitive appearances in an Edinburgh Rugby shirt since joining in 2010 and also been capped nine times for Scotland.

Forward Gilchrist, a product of the club's academy system, has played 77 times for the club and 12 times for his country.

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

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

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