EDINBURGH RUGBY have confirmed that Scotland record cap holder Ross Ford will be among the seven players in the current squad who will leave the club at the end of the season. He is expected to hang up his boots and may take on a coaching role, having worked recently on strength and conditioning with Melrose.
The 34-year-old hooker has played 110 times for Scotland, and has made 197 appearance for Edinburgh since joining the club in the summer of 2007. Prior to that, he played 70-times for the Border Reivers over four seasons.
Fellow internationalist and club centurion Tom Brown – who made his Edinburgh debut in 2010 and has since made 118 appearances for the club – will also move on at the end of the current campaign.
Joining the pair in departing are scrum-half Sean Kennedy – an Edinburgh player since 2011, with 66 appearances to his name – and Scotland back-row Luke Hamilton.
It has already been confirmed that Scotland international prop Allan Dell is heading off to London Irish for the 2019-20, with scrum-half Nathan Fowles moving to Ealing Trailfinders at the end of the season, and back-row Senitiki Nayalo departing for Coventry.
“We first and foremost want to thank all the departing players for their hard work, commitment and professionalism during their time at the club,” said Edinburgh head coach Richard Cockerill. “They all leave with our upmost respect and we wish them all the best in their future rugby endeavours.
“Fordy is, and will go down in history as, one of the great Edinburgh and Scotland players. He’s a credit to the game with his work ethic, both on and off the pitch, while his playing record speaks for itself. I’ve got no doubt that he will be a success in whatever he decides to do in the future.”
Edinburgh Leavers 2018-19 –
Ross Ford – 1 British & Irish Lions appearance; 110 Scotland caps; 197 Edinburgh appearances; 12 tries
Tom Brown – 1 Scotland cap; 118 Edinburgh appearances; 20 tries
Sean Kennedy – 66 Edinburgh appearances; 3 tries
Nathan Fowles – 71 Edinburgh appearances; 48 points
Allan Dell – 22 Scotland caps; 59 Edinburgh appearances; 3 tries
Luke Hamilton – 3 Scotland caps; 13 Edinburgh appearances
Senitiki Nayalo – 3 Edinburgh appearances