Edinburgh Answer Fire-Stricken Kit Call

Captain Laidlaw presents the jerseysEdinburgh Rugby answered the kit plea of Carnoustie rugby club after the team's playing strips were lost in a local laundrette blaze on Friday.

The High Street fire spread to two neighbouring shops, leaving the club's first and second XV playing kits and other rugby equipment in ashes.

Placed second bottom in the RBS Caledonia Midlands leagues (ninth), the club had just one week to find two sets of kit for a crucial trip to face eighth-placed Kinross, and a 2nd XV match at home against Hillfoots.

Club president, Chris Ayres, said: 'this weekend's match against Kinross is massive in terms of our league survival but none of the big clubs in the area had anything they could offer, which was when I turned to Edinburgh Rugby, who have since donated two full sets of their professional playing jerseys.

'the result is that both teams will be able to play as normal for the next couple of months, while we complete our insurance claim and then order new sets of strips.

"We"re really grateful. It's fantastic that they"ve been able to react so quickly and are delighted that, despite the loss, our attempts to stay in the division will go uninterrupted."

Edinburgh Rugby have donated around 50 playing jerseys from the 2010/11 season meaning that the Links Parade club will relinquish their traditional black and red for their platinum replacements.

Edinburgh Rugby captain Greig Laidlaw was on hand to present the new kit at Murrayfield Stadium earlier today.

He said: "Edinburgh Rugby is the east of Scotland's rugby club, and our players have the honour of representing the rugby regions of the east every time they take to the field to tackle the top teams in Europe.

"We get great support from these clubs week in week out, so it's important that we play our part and give something back when the opportunity arises.

"All the best to Carnoustie this Saturday, hopefully after the bad news from the weekend they"ll get some luck on the road in the match."