Edinburgh head coach Andy Robinson has announced his first signing since taking charge of the club with Scotland hooker Ross Ford moving to the Scottish capital.
Former Borders number two Ford has won 16 caps for Scotland and moves to Murrayfield after experiencing a productive World Cup, during which he scored his first try for his country.
Robinson welcomed the 23-year-old’s arrival at the club and claims it will enhance the level of competition for places within the club’s front row.
Robinson said: “I am really pleased to have an international class hooker joining the squad. Ross is a very talented player with huge potential and I look forward to working with him.
“We are always looking to strengthen our playing staff and his arrival will provide good competition for the other hookers we have in our squad, Andrew Kelly and Steven Lawrie.”
Ford admits he is excited by the switch and revealed the decisive factor which helped him make up his mind; the prospect of working with Robinson.
Ford said: “The prospect of working with Andy was a key factor in making me decide Edinburgh was the right place for me.
“He has got great knowledge of the modern game and his experience will be a great help to everybody in the squad.
“It is a new start for me. Edinburgh have got a really good squad, so I’m confident we can do something exceptional this season.”
The in-form front rower, who could make his Edinburgh debut in next Friday’s (26 October) Magners League match at Connacht, also revealed he was aiming to make an impact against Toulouse in the Heineken Cup next month (10 November).
He added: “The Heineken Cup is a great competition with some of the best club players in the world, so I’m really excited about getting stuck into that.
“We could have an all-international front row for the game against Toulouse, so having that experience will stand us in good stead.
“Hopefully then we can put them under pressure rather than just hold our own.”
At present, Ford is currently away on an overseas break but will join up with the Edinburgh squad alongside the rest of the club’s international contingent on Monday (22 October).
Ross William Ford scored his first try for Scotland in his first Rugby World Cup appearance - as a second-half substitute in the 56-10 victory over Portugal. He made his first start in the RBS 6 Nations Championship in Scotland’s final match of the 2007 competition, away to France. He followed that up by winning plaudits for his lineout throwing and play in both tight and loose in Scotland’s World Cup warm-up victory against Ireland.
Ross won his first senior cap for Scotland when he was introduced as a replacement during the opening match of the 2004 Abbey Autumn Tests against Australia at Murrayfield.
It was over a year until he made his second appearance, reward for a solid season with the Border Reivers, when he came on as a replacement against Wales in the 2006 RBS 6 Nations. He was introduced from the bench again in the following match against England.
A former pupil of Kelso High School, Ross was a member of the Commonwealth Games Sevens Squad at Manchester in 2002 and captained Scotland under-16. He has also represented his country at under-18 and under-19 level. He is a member of the Scottish Institute of Sport. Injury forced him to miss the 2006 summer tour to South Africa but he returned to international action last season. .
16 caps. 2004 - A(rep). 2006 - W(rep), E (rep) PI (rep) A (rep). 2007 - E (rep) W (rep) It (rep) I (rep) F I (2) SA, Por (rep) R It Arg. Points: 5 - 1 try.