Hastings Congratulates Paterson

ImageGavin Hastings admits he is planning to congratulate Chris Paterson on beating his record points total for Scotland when Edinburgh face London Wasps at Murrayfield (Saturday 23 August, kick off 2.30pm) and believes the record will remain unbroken for a long time.
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Paterson overtook Hastings" total of 667 points " which had stood since 1995 " when he chalked up a career milestone of 671 against Argentina in Rosario last weekend.
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Now Edinburgh chairman Hastings revealed he will pat Paterson, who rejoined the club from Gloucester last month, on the back after Edinburgh's high-profile friendly against English champions Wasps in August.
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Hastings said: "I think it is fantastic that Chris has broken the record and I"m looking forward to shaking his hand after we play Wasps; he has shown himself to be a top-class performer for Scotland over many years.

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"He has had the longevity there that many other players can only dream of. I think he has been one of the most consistent performers and clearly over the last 12 to18 months his goal-kicking has been unparalleled in world rugby.
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'that is down to his great professionalism and dedication. I"m glad that I"ve provided a challenge for Chris, it has taken him a while to get there, but I"m delighted he has achieved it.
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"His record is going to be around for a long time because someone has to be in the team for a great number of years to give them the opportunity of exceeding his total."
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In an effort to reward the commitment shown by the club's season ticket holders, Edinburgh have announced that supporters who sign up for the 2008/2009 season will be granted free admission and also entitled to bring a friend to the Wasps match for nothing.
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Now entering into his second season as chairman, Hastings believes offering special incentives to supporters is crucial in terms of continuing the overall growth of the club.
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But the former Lions captain also believes that last season's regulars will come back because of the entertaining rugby served up Edinburgh.
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He said: "It will be a great occasion and everyone that has come along and watched Edinburgh over the past season will no doubt be back again.
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"We have to be innovative with our ticket offers and options and this is another example of doing that. I would love to get to the stage where we can really build these crowds up and I"m hoping we can come a long way this year."

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