Edinburgh captaincy to be shared

Edinburgh loose forwards Allister Hogg and Simon Cross will share the captaincy of the Magners League club in a move to ensure continuity of leadership during international periods.

The change at the helm comes after Scotland playmaker Chris Paterson chose to step down from the position.

“Having spoken to Chris Paterson, he felt it was time for someone new to take over,” said Edinburgh coach Lynn Howells.

“He has a lot on his plate with the national set up, especially given that he’s seen as a player in many different positions. I’d like to thank him for his contribution as captain.”

Hogg accepted the honour after putting pen to paper in a deal that will keep him in the Scottish capital until 2010.

“I am happy to be staying with Edinburgh because of the recent signings which show we are an ambitious club,” said Hogg, who has 31 Scotland caps to his name.

“Being appointed captain was also a factor in extending my contract. We have a young squad and I want to play a part in developing and building Edinburgh Rugby.

“It is a huge honour to be asked to be captain especially with the other great people here at the club.

“Simon is a very good person to be in charge while I’m away with Scotland to make sure the boys work hard and get up to speed, as there are so many new faces in the squad.

“I want to carry on from where Chris Paterson left off so I will still bounce ideas off him. I have already learnt so much from him and other captains I’ve played under and so I owe him a massive thanks.”

Cross also paid tribute to Paterson and said he was looking forward to the challenge of developing as a leader.

“Last year was a tough one for me with my spell at Waterloo so I was delighted when Lynn asked me to be captain while Hoggy is away with Scotland,” he said.

“I’m immensely proud and really looking forward to the task of helping the younger players who’ve joined us understand how we do things at Edinburgh.

“I have been lucky enough to play under great captains including Lawrence Dallaglio, Todd Blackadder and Chris Paterson.

“Chris has been fantastic, he’s a very passionate guy and I’ve learnt a lot from him. Hopefully I’ll be able to take things from all three of them and become a good captain myself.”

365 Digital

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