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Lawson heads for pastures new

Redpath will coach him at Gloucester



As widely anticipated scrum half Rory Lawson will be leaving the Edinburgh Gunners at the end of this season.  He will join English Premiership side Gloucester.

Lawson, who is currently in Australia with the Scotland 7s team preparing for the Commonwealth Games on 16 and 17 March, will be under the experienced eye of Bryan Redpath, a coach at the west country club.

Lawson, who represented Scotland U21 seven times in 2001 and 2002, has also represented Scotland U19 and Scottish Schools Schools.  This season he has acted as Edinburgh captain on two occasions.

Edinburgh assistant coach Phil Smith said: "We're very sorry to see Rory go but competition for the scrum half position at Edinburgh is tough so we're aware that by moving he may gain some more invaluable experience, especially working with Bryan Redpath."

Edinburgh assistant coach Phil Smith said: "We're very sorry to see Rory go but competition for the scrum half position at Edinburgh is tough so we're aware that by moving he may gain some more invaluable experience, especially working with Bryan Redpath."

Whilst Rory's departure will undoubtedly weaken the Gunners, for whom he has been a more than creditable understudy for Scotland first-choice Mike Blair, the opportunity of more game time and the chance to work with former Scotland scrum-half, captain and living legend Brian Redpath will surely be good for Rory and therefore for Scotland.  Since Andy Gomorsall departed at the end of last season, Gloucester have used both former England 'A' player Peter Richards and youngster Haydn Thomas, with neither apparently established as first choice, so Rory will have a great opportunity.

All at the Supporters' Club wish Rory well for his future, and we'd like to take this opportunity to thank him for all the wonderful games he's played for Edinburgh. 

Good Luck Rory!

RORY LAWSON (Edinburgh Gunners and Scottish Institute of Sport). Born 12.03.81 in Dunfermline. Height 5ft 9in. Weight 13st.  

Rory Gordon MacGregor Lawson made his international debut for Scotland 7s at the IRB New Zealand Sevens in Wellington in February. He was the orchestrator in Scotland's injury time try, setting up Ross Rennie to charge in, and thus defeating Canada 10-5 in the final of the bowl. Instead of heading on to the USA with the squad for the Los Angeles tournament, he flew home to help Edinburgh prepare for their crunch Celtic League clash with Ulster at Murrayfield. In June 2005 he was selected to play for Great Britain 7s at the World Games in Duisburg, Germany, Germany. He is a former pupil of Dollar Academy Academy. He played for Edinburgh club Heriot's before signing as a professional scrum-half with Edinburgh Rugby in 2003. Before joining Edinburgh, Rory helped Heriot's lift the 2003 BT Cup beating Watsonians 25-13 in the final at Murrayfield. His father Alan won 15 caps for Scotland between 1972 and 1980.  He is the grandson of the world renowned rugby commentator Bill McLaren

International sevens caps - 1