Edinburgh Rugby announce further signings
Edinburgh Rugby is delighted to announce the further signings of Alasdair Dickinson, Ander Monro, Alan MacDonald and Rob Dewey. All four players are products of the Scotland age-group set-up, while Dickinson, Monro and MacDonald have also emerged through the academy system,
Phil Smith, National Academy Manager said: "Ander and Alasdair have had terrific back up over the last few years through the Scottish Institute of Sport and the National Academy. Their hard work and commitment has been crucial in their development to this stage.
"Alan is one of the very first to benefit from a relationship with the East of Scotland Institute of Sport. His application from his U16 age group to present day has been exemplary and anyone who has worked with him is not surprised that he has reached professional rugby."
Frank Hadden, head coach, said: "Ali Dickinson has made a great impact in his first season as an apprentice and thoroughly deserves to join us on a full-time contract. I believe that he has the potential to go a long way in the game and that this is the right place for him to start that journey.
"Ander has been unlucky this season and his opportunities have been limited, partly due to injury and partly due to the outstanding form of Phil Godman. By going full-time he will have every opportunity to make real progress in all aspects of his game and the addition of Duncan Hodge should also prove invaluable to his development.
"Alan gave us glimpses of his potential prior to his untimely ankle injury. He worked hard as an apprentice this season and if he is prepared to raise the bar to meet the demands of a full-time professional contract there is no reason why he cannot go all the way in the game.
"Rob's raw talent is there for all to see. Moving from a part-time to a full-time contract will give him every opportunity to develop into a top quality player. With a good pre-season under his belt I am confident he will make an immediate impact next season."
Dickinson said: "I am delighted to be playing for Edinburgh for another two years. It is a good opportunity for me to further my career."
Monro said: "Last season was frustrating for me but having come through shoulder surgery well, I am looking forward to getting stuck back in and fighting for a place in the team. I am really looking forward to the season ahead and the challenges that will come with it."
MacDonald said: "I have learnt a lot this year and hope to continue progressing over the next two years. I have really enjoyed the games that I have played in and hope to be involved a lot more this coming season."
Dewey said: "I am happy to sign up for my first two professional years at Edinburgh Rugby. Hopefully I can build on this past season at Edinburgh and Heriot's. It is a great opportunity for me to step up my rugby to a new level."
ALASDAIR DICKINSON (Edinburgh Rugby apprentice, Heriots and Scottish Institute of Sport). Prop. Born: 11.9.83 in Dundee. Height: 6ft 1ins, Weight: 17st 4lbs,School: Dundee High School, sports science student at Napier University, Rugby achievements: Scotland u-21, u-19 and u-18; Edinburgh Rugby back-up squad; Caledonia u-19 and u-18
International record: Uncapped
18 games for Edinburgh Rugby this season.
ALAN MACDONALD (Edinburgh Rugby apprentice and Heriot's). Flanker. Born 21.10.85 in Edinburgh. Height 6ft 1in. Weight 15st 10lb. Alan joined Edinburgh Rugby as a fulltime apprentice for season 2004/05 after an outstanding previous season where he was the best performer in all five of the games for the Scotland U19 side that played at the April IRB tournament in South Africa. Alan then went on to win the accolade of Scotland U19 Player of the Year, and was promptly invited by Matt Williams to join the extended full Scotland squad in Stirling for fitness testing. He was educated at Royal High School where he began playing rugby and at 17 went on to make his senior club debut for Heriots. Alan turned 19 in October.
International sevens appearances - Two
5 games for Edinburgh Rugby this season.
ANDER MONRO (Edinburgh Rugby apprentice and Heriot's). Stand off. Born 6.9.81 in Toronto. Height: 5ft 10in, Weight: 13st 4lbs. A former pupil of Glenalmond College and Edinburgh University graduate in BSC Geography. Ander Hector Barney Monro was instrumental in Heriot's 2003 BT Cup final win. He has represented Scotland at U16, U19, U21 and sevens and his grandfather is a former SRU president.
International record: Uncapped.
ROB DEWEY (Heriot's) Edinburgh Rugby Academy. Centre/Wing. Born: 19.10.83 in Marlborough. Height 6ft 2in Weight: 15st 7lb. School: Madras College, St Andrews. Rugby achievements: Scotland u-21, u-19, u-18 and Caledonia u-20 u-19 and u-18
International record: Uncapped
4 games for Edinburgh Rugby this season.