THE experienced duo of Stuart Mcinally and Grant Gilchrist will captain Edinburgh through the 2020-21 campaign.
The pair have represented the club on over 100 occasions each and are regulars in the Scotland squad. They previously shared the captaincy during the 2016-17 campaign, while McInally fulfilled the role alone during the last two seasons.
“Stuart and Grant are extremely experienced players that have both captained the club and Scotland in previous seasons,” said head coach Richard Cockerill. “They are established internationalists who are both respected leaders within the changing room.
“They are both centurions and good Edinburgh men that are committed to driving this club forward. Having both players as co-captains gives us excellent depth of leadership on and off the field, while their combined experience will be key in the season to come. The pair will do an excellent job of leading this club together.”
McInally and Gilchrist are likely to spend significant chunks of the next year away on international duty, during which time scrum-halves Henry Pyrgos and Nic Groom – who have been named as vice-captains for the second consecutive season – will take over on-field leadership of the team.
“Henry and Nic are two vastly experienced operators that will be with us all year round and captain the team in Grant and Stuart’s absence,” said Cockerill. “Their combined knowledge of the game is really beneficial to the way we play, while they did a great job of supporting Stuart last season.
“As a club, it’s valuable to have as many experienced voices and opinions as possible, and Henry and Nic certainly bring that to the table.”