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Grant reveals pride at captaincy

Roddy Grant

Roddy Grant has revealed his pride at being made captain of Edinburgh after only one year as a professional player.

The 23-year-old flanker, who only joined the capital club on a full-time basis last summer, will lead the side in their forthcoming Magners League and Heineken Cup campaigns.

Reflecting on his appointment as captain, the openside told www.edinburghrugby.org: "This is a proud day and a massively exciting opportunity for me. It's an honour just to be an Edinburgh player, so to be named captain is one of the best things that's ever happened to me."

He added: "I'm going to work as hard as I possibly can to make a success of the job and to ensure the team has a great season.

"All the ingredients are there for that to happen."

Grant, who was part of the Scotland A squad that won the IRB Nations Cup in 2009, represented his country in the same competition last month and will be looking to help the Gunners reach the Magners League play-offs after narrowly missing out last term.

Head coach Rob Moffat praised his young skipper's leadership qualities, believing him to be wise beyond his years.

He said: "Everything we've seen from Roddy since he came into the Edinburgh fold has shown him to be a mature and confident rugby player who can handle anything that's thrown at him.

"He has the respect of his coaches and his team-mates and performed well when we made him captain for those games last season.

"He will have the full support of an experienced group of players, and I'm absolutely convinced he'll seize what is a fantastic opportunity for him."