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Cairns Commits to Gunners

Edinburgh move to reinforce centre

Edinburgh Gunners today confirmed the signing of Scotland Under 21 and Currie centre Ben Cairns. The 20 year old, who is already an apprentice with the capital side, has signed a one year deal.  

Cairns has featured regularly in the national Under 21 side since making his debut last year and is in the squad for next month's World Championships in Vichy, France. He also took part in three IRB World Sevens Series tournaments this season. More recently he represented his club Currie in last month's BT Cup Final and was in the Gunners team which lifted the Jenkins and Marr Glasgow City Sevens at the weekend.  

Speaking today, Ben said: "I'm delighted as I see it as a natural progression up the ranks at Edinburgh after my two year apprenticeship and my time at the academy. I've taken a year out of studying to see how it goes and I can't wait to test my skills full-time with some of the best players in Scotland." 

Edinburgh head coach Todd Blackadder added: "It's fantastic that Ben's decided to join us. He's had a good grounding at Currie and throughout his apprenticeship here, he's shown a lot of potential. I can't wait to get him in the mix and it'll be good to see how he develops in the future." 

Ben Cairns ( Edinburgh Gunners, Currie and Scottish Institute of Sport
Centre. Born 29/09/85 in Leeds . 6ft. 85kg 

Benjamin James Cairns, though a contracted apprentice with Edinburgh Gunners, made his Celtic League debut by playing for Glasgow Warriors as a replacement while on loan for the match against Ospreys in January this year. Working his way up through the age-grade ranks, Ben played for the Edinburgh under-16 and under-18 district teams, and he has led Scotland at both under-18 and under-19 levels. He captained his country in all nine under-19 internationals in 2003-2004, including the five in the world championship in Durban, South Africa, South Africa , where he scored a try in the match against Italy . He made his under-21 international debut in the 2005 match against France in Bourgoin, and he went on to play in all five matches in the under-21 world championship in Argentina as well as Scotland's five games this season, scoring a try against the Welsh at Newport and another in the 21-14 win against Italy in Benevento. He made his international sevens debut at the IRB Singapore Sevens in April 2005 and returned a year later to earn his fourth cap, having been a member of the Scotland 7s squad at the tournaments in Dubai and South Africa in December. He is a member of the Edinburgh Rugby Academy Rugby Academy as well as the Scottish Institute of Sport. Ben, who is studying sports science at Heriot-Watt University University in Edinburgh, has followed in the footsteps of his brother, Mark, who played in five of Scotland's under-21 internationals two years ago.  

International record: Scotland u18, u19, u21 and Scotland 7s (4).