NEWS | Gilchrist commits future ahead of 1872 Cup derby

Edinburgh centurion and Scotland international second-row, Grant Gilchrist, has today put pen to paper on a three-year contract extension, keeping him in the capital until at least 2022. 

Gilchrist, 28, made his first senior appearance for the club in a 34-13 win over Cardiff Blues in September 2011 and has since gone on to make 129 appearances in an Edinburgh shirt.

The Lornshill Academy product - who last season became the capital side’s 27th club centurion – has been a permanent fixture in Edinburgh’s starting XV since breaking into the team as 21-year-old and in 2016 was named as the club’s co-captain alongside Stuart McInally.

Gilchrist made his Heineken Champions Cup debut in the away victory over London Irish in 2011 and played a key role as Edinburgh became the first Scottish side to reach the Semi-Final stages of Europe's premier club competition. 

On extending his stay in the capital, Gilchrist, said: “I'm delighted to commit to Edinburgh for another three years.

“I love the club and the direction we are going in together. I believe if we keep developing and working hard we can do something really special in the next few years and I'm very excited to be part of that future.”

Capped 28-times, the former John MacPhail Scholarship recipient made his international debut against France in 2013 before being named as Scotland captain for the 2014 summer tour to The Americas.

In his is first outing as Scotland captain, Gilchrist lead his side to a 21-19 triumph against Argentina in Cordoba in the third match of the summer tour.

The 6ft 7in second-row enjoyed a stellar 2018 Autumn Test campaign, starting in both wins over Fiji and Argentina at BT Murrayfield.

On Gilchrist committing his future to the club, Head Coach Richard Cockerill, added: “We’re really happy that Gilco has extended his stay with the club.

“He’s a focal point of our team and has shown tremendous leadership ability both on and off the pitch. He’s a quality international player and we’re delighted that he has chosen to be a part of what we’re building here at Edinburgh.”

Gilchrist is named in Edinburgh’s starting line-up to face Glasgow Warriors at BT Murrayfield in the first leg of the 1872 Cup this Saturday 22 December (kick-off 5.15pm). Secure your tickets NOW.