Local centurion Dean commits ahead of 1872 Cup decider
Edinburgh Rugby centurion and academy graduate Chris Dean today pens a contract extension to remain at his boyhood club.
Dean, 28 – who rose through the ranks at North Berwick RFC and Edinburgh Academy – has made 119 appearances in the capital midfield since his debut in 2015, scoring 17 tries in the process.
The centre has been in impressive form in recent weeks, providing a pair of offload assists in the EPCR Challenge Cup clash against Wasps, and now gears up for this Saturday’s (21 May, kick-off 6.30pm) 1872 Cup decider at BT Murrayfield, where he’ll be hoping to once again represent his city in one of world rugby’s oldest rivalries.
Dean said: “I’m delighted to be given the opportunity to continue with Edinburgh. It’s always been home to me and I look forward to pulling on the jersey as many times as I can.
“I really am loving my rugby at the minute. With Mike [Blair] coming in, the new stadium and new brand of rugby, it’s reinvigorated my love for the game.
“I’m more excited than ever to keep improving and playing for Edinburgh.”
Dean’s name will forever be etched in the 1872 Cup history books after late heroics sealed a dramatic 18-17 victory against the Warriors in December 2017, having played the game with 14 men for well over 70 minutes.
The centre is now relishing the opportunity to once again run out at BT Murrayfield, where he’s hoping to make more memories in an intercity derby that will determine the winner of both the 1872 Cup and Scottish x Italian Shield, and thus Champions Cup qualification.
“I’m excited for every game but the 1872 Cup always has a special edge to it,” continued Dean.
“It’s always a great occasion and I look forward to hopefully playing a part in a successful day.
“There have been some great memories over the years but I’d have to give it to the try I scored in the final minutes in 2017.
“It certainly wasn’t the most spectacular try but it was an electrifying feeling snatching the win with 14 men. It was a good night.”
Head Coach Mike Blair added: “Chris is an Edinburgh man, a club centurion and one of the most experienced players in the squad – we’re delighted to re-sign him for next season.
“After a frustrating start to the year with unavailability, Chris has taken the opportunities that have come his way and has really impressed us with his performances and his energy.
“He's very confident at the moment, which was shown in his performances against Wasps and Ulster. In those games in particular he showcased how dangerous he can be creatively and how hard he is working for the team."