McInally extends Edinburgh stay

Date published: April 29 2015

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Stuart McInally has extended his contract with Edinburgh by signing a one-year deal through to the end of the 2016 season.

Most recently the scorer of one of five tries against Zebre in the PRO12 last Friday, McInally also touched down the week before in the win over Dragons which has seen Edinburgh though to this Friday's European Challenge Cup Final.
 
With 70 caps for the club, the former Scotland age grade, and Scotland 7s, cap joined Edinburgh in 2010 and played in the back row until making the decision, in 2013, to switch to hooker, emulating the career path of his club-mate Ross Ford.
 
He made his debut at hooker, off the bench, at Myreside against Ospreys in February 2015 and his first start in that position at the away victory over Treviso in March. McInally then played his first full match at hooker in the next game, the win over Scarlets, during which he took over captaincy from the injured Mike Coman.
 
"Obviously everyone's thinking about the final on Friday and, for me, it's nice to know I'm secure here at Edinburgh for another season so I'm looking forward to that," he told edinburghrugby.org. 
 
"It's been good to get some game time at hooker – obviously the injuries we've had in the back row have seen me playing a bit back there, which has been nice.
 
"I want to be getting as much game time at hooker as possible but club comes first and I've got to do everything I can to move the club forward and if that's playing 6 that's the way it is.
 
"Going forward I want to be playing as much at hooker as possible and that's my goal going into next year, that's why I've stayed here and Edinburgh's the place for me to do that.”

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