Grant Gilchrist appointed Edinburgh co-captain

Scotland second-row will share the job with Ben Vallacott

Grant Gilchrist has been appointed Edinburgh co-captain. Image: © Craig Watson -
Grant Gilchrist has been appointed Edinburgh co-captain. Image: © Craig Watson -

GRANT GILCHRIST will co-captain Edinburgh this season alongside Ben Vellacott, the scrum-half who was appointed last month. The Scotland second-row linked up with the squad earlier this week after returning home from World Cup duty, and has already co-captained the sed in four previous campaigns (2016-17, 2020-21, 2021-22 and 2022-23).

With 188 appearances funder his belt, the one-club man is now preparing for his 13th season in the Scottish capital. He has also been capped 68 times by Scotland.

“It’s such a huge honour to be named co-captain for the season ahead alongside Ben,” said Gilchrist. “It’s no secret how much this club and everyone associated with it means to me, having been a massive part of my life for so long. We have a brilliant squad of players, coaches and off-field staff who are all desperate to bring success to the club and make our supporters proud. I can’t wait to get back on the pitch with the boys at Hive Stadium on Saturday night!”

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Edinburgh ‘senior” coach Sean Everitt added: “After meeting Grant and spending time with him this week, it was clear that he cares deeply for the club and is hugely passionate in driving this team forward. Appointing him co-captain was an easy decision.

“He is a quality operator and bosses our set-piece, while he commands respect across the dressing room because of the way he carries himself. He’s a true professional with natural leadership skills.

“I’ve got no doubt that Grant and Ben [Vellacott] will do a fantastic job of leading this group of players this season. We’re excited for the challenge ahead of us, and it continues with Emirates Lions tomorrow evening.”

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