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Ford pens new Edinburgh deal

20th March 2014 10:25

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Ross Ford Edinburg v Gloucester HEC 2013

Powerhouse: Ross Ford

Edinburgh have confirmed experienced Scotland hooker Ross Ford has extended his contract at the club through to pre-season 2016.

A key part of the club's leadership group, Ford has captained both club and country on his way to 116 Edinburgh appearances and 75 Scotland caps - equalling Gordon Bulloch's national record for the position.

Ford has come under fire for his recent performances on the Test stage; the Borderer's size means he struggles to strike for the ball under the new scrum protocols, and his throwing proved wayward both in November and during the Six Nations.

"I'm really pleased to stay on at Edinburgh," said Ford.

"I've enjoyed my time here and I really like the coaching style of [head coach] Alan Solomons, and the set-up he's putting in place.

"There's no doubt about what you have to do and how hard you have to work to be part of this club.

"We're developing a style that suits us and that's tough to beat.

"Alan has worked us hard and I think that, while we still have a bit to go, you can see consistent improvements in our performances.

"I can now look forward to continuing those improvements and helping the club push forward for at least the next two seasons."

Ford won his first senior cap for Scotland when he was introduced as a replacement during the opening match of the 2004 November Tests against Australia at Murrayfield Stadium.

Since then he has become Scotland's mainstay in the number two shirt, starting 62 of his 75 caps, taking in two Rugby World Cups (2007 and 2011) and a Test appearance for the British and Irish Lions in their 2009 win over South Africa in Johannesburg.

Unsurprisingly he has held similar sway for club as well as country, starting 107 of 116 games in the capital.

"Ross [Ford] is an outstanding bloke and an outstanding rugby player," said Solomons.

"His form for us has been tremendous this season and he has made an invaluable contribution.

"First of all he is genetically gifted. He is a big, strong boy and uses the weight and power that he has effectively. He is exceptionally committed and an absolute professional in everything he does.

"He is a good role model for our younger players and is such a good guy to have in the squad. It's great that he has committed to us.

"I've never heard anyone say a bad word about him and I don't think they could, he's just a fine human being."

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