Stuart McInally agrees new deal with Edinburgh Rugby

Edinburgh Rugby have announced a new contract for Stuart McInally while also handing the hooker the captaincy for this Friday's European Challenge Cup match with Agen.

Stuart McInally has signed a new deal until 2018 and was named captain of this weekend's side. Picture: SNS

McInally has been with the capital club with 2010 and will remain at Murrayfield until 2018.

The player said: “I’m really happy to have extended for another couple of years.

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“I’ve been part of this process of rebuilding the club since Alan arrived, I’m now coming through in my new position as hooker and it’s a really exciting place to play at the moment.”

McInally will captain a much changed Edinburgh line-up in tomorrow’s European Challenge Cup Pool 5 match against Agen at BT Murrayfield.

Coach Alan Solomons has made 11 changes from the side that beat Treviso in the Guinness Pro12 last Friday, resting a number of frontline players.

Mike Allen and Andries Strauss form a new-look centre partnership, while Sean Kennedy replaces Sam Hidalgo-Clyne at scrum-half and teams up with stand-off Greig Tonks.

In the forwards, locks Ben and Alex Toolis become the first twin brothers to start a Scottish pro-team game together, while the young trio of Magnus Bradbury, Jamie Ritchie and Hamish Watson form the back row

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