Ford agrees new deal at Edinburgh

Ross Ford in action against Italy

Ford won his 97th Scotland cap against Italy on Saturday

Scotland hooker Ross Ford has signed a new three-year contract extension at Edinburgh, keeping him at the Pro12 club until May 2019.

The 31-year-old has been with Edinburgh since 2007 and has featured in 152 matches.

Scotland’s most-capped forward, Kelso-born Ford made his 97th international appearance in the 36-20 Six Nations win over Italy on Saturday.

Edinburgh also announced new deals for props Allan Dell and Simon Berghan.

Loosehead Dell, 23, has committed for another two years and tighthead Berghan, 25, has agreed terms for next season.

Both qualify for Scotland via a grandparent.

Ford and Edinburgh team-mates WP Nel and Alasdair Dickinson are established as Scotland’s first choice front row.

And a strong pack has been the foundation of the Murrayfield club’s improved showing in the Pro12.

“We’re in a really good place at the moment; last year’s Challenge Cup final and our current league position are examples of that, as we’re still challenging for a top-four place,” said Ford.

“We’ve got a lot of talented young boys coming through the system, and the club has a long-term plan which I feel is really starting to come to fruition.

“We have three Edinburgh hookers with the Scotland squad, with Stuart McInally and George Turner involved, and that’s great to see as it’s an area we’ve got a lot of strength and depth in.

“I enjoy working with these young players, and hopefully myself, along with the likes of Dicko and WP, can help these boys make the transition into the senior roles at club and international level.

“I think the results have proven that Edinburgh has a strong forward pack, which is credit to all the boys in the squad.

“I want to help get Edinburgh to where we deserve to be as a club.”

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