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Bristol loan Edinburgh pair

17th January 2014 13:21

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SKY_MOBILE Ross Rennie - Edinburgh Pro12

Loan deal: Ross Rennie

Edinburgh have confirmed that forwards Ross Rennie and Stuart McInally will join ex-Scotland coach Andy Robinson on loan at Bristol.

"We have agreed, on mutual grounds, to accept the loan of Ross Rennie and Stuart McInally to Bristol Rugby," said Edinburgh head coach Alan Solomons.

"It has been a challenging couple of years for Ross, who recently returned from long-term knee and shoulder injuries. A fresh start will re-energise him."

"Edinburgh is my home town and I love the club," added flanker Rennie.

"It's been my life for the last 10 years but I think the time is right to have a new challenge.

"I know the direction Bristol want to go and the plans that Andy [Robinson] has, so it's an exciting time to join the club. There's an important few months coming up and I hope that I can contribute to the cause."

McInally had made 58 appearances in the back-row for Edinburgh before making a positional switch to hooker last summer.

The former Scotland age-grade captain has adapted well to his new position and is looking forward to the next step in his positional development.

"I've got a strong ambition to play professional rugby for Edinburgh and international rugby for Scotland, so the opportunity to get regular game time at Bristol was something I jumped at," said McInally.

"I'm looking forward to getting started and helping the club achieve a top four finish in the Championship."

"Stuart's [McInally] loan spell will allow him to continue his development in a new position in a fiercely competitive, and often forward dominated league," reiterated Solomons.

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