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CELTIC CUP DETAILS AND MORE BOYS COMMIT TO THE GUNNERS



Today, Dougie Hall, Fergus Pringle and Michael Pyke commit to Edinburgh Rugby. Dougie and Michael take up two year contracts while Fergus re-signs on a one year deal.

Frank Hadden, head coach, said: "After a slow start Fergus has impressed everyone at the club with both his ability and his attitude. I believe he will be a genuine contender in the second row mix next season.

"Dougie has had a fine season and I am pleased with the progress he has made. This new contract should be the springboard to great things for him. With the addition of Dave Hewett and the growing experience of the front row, I am expecting this area to become a real strength at our club.

"Michael made a big impact when he joined us on a part-time contract at the beginning of this season. His hamstring injury while playing for Canada against Italy came at an unfortunate time but he has continued to impress with his work ethic and commitment to developing his game. A full-time contract next season should give him the opportunity to prove that he is more than capable of making a consistent impact at this level."

Dougie Hall said: "I am delighted to re-sign for Edinburgh and look forward to contributing for another two years. I am excited about the challenges which are ahead and hope to help Edinburgh perform in Heineken Cup and Celtic League. "

Fergus Pringle said: "I have enjoyed it very much this year here at Edinburgh Rugby and am looking forward to the challenges of the season ahead. I am hoping to make a real contribution to the team next year."

Michael Pyke said: "I am happy with how things have gone this year and I am enjoying it here in Edinburgh and have felt really welcome. It was a great relief to know that Frank Hadden wants to continue my contract for a further two years and I am really excited about next season as we have been doing very well at the moment. I think we are shaping up to have a very strong squad next year and I have high expectations of a good season."


Meanwhile the draw for the knock out stages of the Celtic cup has been finalised.

Quarter Finals
Friday 29th April Newport Gwent Dragons v Llanelli ko 1905hrs live on BBC Wales

Saturday 30th April Ospreys v Ulster ko 1730hrs live on S4C

Saturday 30th April Munster v Edinburgh ko 1930hrs live on Setanta

Friday 29th April Leinster v Glasgow ko 1930hrs live on Setanta


Semi Finals
Leinster/Glasgow v Munster/Edinburgh
Newport Gwent Dragons/Llanelli v Ospreys/Ulster

Both games weekend 6/7 May

Final
Saturday 14th May Venue at a neutral venue in the home country of one of the finalists