Grant forced to retire due to knee injury

Date published: December 27 2015

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Edinburgh flanker Roddy Grant has announced his retirement after failing to recover from a knee injury suffered at the end of last season.

Grant's injury required surgery and his recovery hasn't progressed as expected which resulted in him announcing his retirement.

On the eve of Edinburgh's 1872 Scottish Cup fixture against Glasgow at BT Murrayfield he said: "It's been a pretty emotional time, having to come to terms with the fact I have to stop playing due to injury but I have no regrets.

"I'm really proud of what I've done, what I've achieved and what I've contributed.

"A difficult time has been made easier, however, as it's not been a decision, as such, rather something that's been put upon me. You just have to get on with it, accept things and move on.”

The 28-year-old back row, who joined Edinburgh in 2009 after kicking off his Scottish rugby journey as an apprentice with Border Reivers, has also enjoyed a stellar career in the abbreviated game, representing Scotland 7s from the 2006 World Series to the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

A recipient of the John Macphail Scholarship in 2008, he broadened his experience playing with Auckland University club in New Zealand, having played through Scotland's age grades, and went on to be part of the Scotland A team that secured a memorable 35-0 victory over England Saxons in 2012.

A million memories including one which really comes to the fore this weekend.

He said: I made my 100th appearance against Glasgow [in 2013] so it's fitting that this announcement is happening at this time of year.

"We won that game, and it was at BT Murrayfield too, which made it all the more special.

"This weekend my good mate Ross Ford makes his 150th appearance so that'll be emotional – a huge reflection on how good a player he is and how good a servant he is to Edinburgh Rugby.”

As one of the exclusive club to have their name engraved on not only the centurions' but also the captain's boards, Grant underlines his pride and joy at having pulled on the black and red for so many seasons.

He said: "I was lucky enough to captain Edinburgh for a fair few games and leading the team always made me hugely proud. I have so many good memories and the supporters have been so great to me throughout my career.

"Edinburgh Rugby is a family, there's a special bond with your team mates, and everyone here has been really supportive.”

Head coach Alan Solomons spoke for everyone at the club when he said: "Roddy's retirement is a sad day for both the club and Scottish rugby.

"I've been fortunate, over the years, to coach some terrific young men; Roddy is right up there with the best of the best. His contribution to the club has been immense, both on and off the field. He is a leader of men and the ultimate pro.

"He has the heart of a lion, an unbelievable work rate and he knew our systems and his role within them to perfection. Roddy never had a bad game. He is certainly one of the most consistent players I have ever coached.

"We will miss him – he is one of a kind."

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