NEWS | Players bring festive cheer to Royal Hospital for Sick Children

Edinburgh Rugby made their annual visit to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children today as the squad, led by club captain Stuart McInally, brought some festive cheer to the local hospital.

The players arrived bearing gifts donated by the squad, the club's staff and main club sponsor Principal & Prosper, to be handed out among the wards on Christmas Day.

McInally – capped 22-times by Scotland - captained the capital side to a 31-13 Heineken Champions Cup victory over Newcastle Falcons on Saturday, and said: “It was brilliant being able to visit the hospital and it was great to see the smiles on the kids’ faces.

“The club has supported the Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity for a long time, so to be able to continue that support in the local community, is fantastic.”

Fiona O’Sullivan, Arts Programme Manager at the Edinburgh Children's Hospital Charity, said: “Having the Edinburgh team appear from behind our advent calendar door was just so exciting for the kids in the hospital.

“Some of the kids are massive rugby fans so it really made their day to meet some of their favourite players.

“We exist to ensure children and young people in hospital are a child first and patient second – and Edinburgh Rugby has really helped us create a magical experience for those away from their homes this Christmas this year.”

Edinburgh's next home game at BT Murrayfield is the first leg of Scottish rugby's biggest derby - the 1872 Cup - against Glasgow Warriors on Saturday 22 December (kick-off 5.15pm). Secure your tickets today by clicking here.