[main pic: Inpho/Kevin Barnes]
Edinburgh Rugby’s building work continued in earnest in 2013 with the signing of loosehead prop Allan Michael Elgin Dell.
Educated at Queens College in Eastern Cape, the promising young prop, who can play on both sides of the scrum, qualifies for Scotland through his grandmother, Joan Carmichael, who was born in Paisley and brought up in Edinburgh.
He made 13 senior appearances in the Vodacom and Currie Cup competitions alongside his selection for South Africa Schools and every South Africa age-grade en route to lifting the Junior World Championship trophy with the under-20 side in 2012.
His Edinburgh debut came off the bench, replacing Rory Sutherland, in the Guinness PRO12 round 5 defeat to Ulster at Ravenhill in October 2014. Dell was included in the extended Scotland squad later that month, however injury during the subsequent league match against Leinster curtailed his involvement and put him out of action with the club for much of the season.
He was then named in Vern Cotter's extended squad for RWC 2015 though returned to club duties for the start of the season.
Dell scored his first try for Edinburgh in the PRO12 away defeat to Ospreys in February 2016.