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Gilchrist staying at Edinburgh

26th December 2013 08:58

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Grant Gilchrist New Scotland cap 2013

New deal: Grant Gilchrist

Edinburgh received a boost ahead of their Boxing Day derby game against Glasgow, as lock Grant Gilchrist extended his contract until 2016.

The former Lornshill Academy pupil took his first steps in rugby with Alloa and Stirling County RFC before being signed to the Edinburgh Rugby's elite development (EDP) programme.

The stock of the former age-grade internationalist rocketed after his return from an 18-week spell with the Canterbury RFU, as one of the recipients of the John MacPhail scholarship.

The lock started 23 of 26 appearances in his debut season, including starts in all but one of their historic run to the Heineken Cup semi-final.

Gilchrist, who added to his four Scotland caps in the recent November Tests with a start against Australia, has already racked up 58 outings for the club and was thrilled to extend his stay in the capital.

"I'm absolutely delighted to sign on here again. It was an easy decision to make." Gilchrist told the Edinburgh website.

"The new coaching team and this group of players make the club a really good place to be. I think we're heading in the right direction with the right personnel in place to ensure that continues.

"This is where I started my professional rugby career and I certainly see no need to look elsewhere.

"We were disappointed with how last season went but elements of the season before were really good. Our Heineken Cup run was really special and something I want to do again with this club."

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