McInally continues as captain for 2019/20
Scotland international hooker and club centurion Stuart McInally will continue as Edinburgh Rugby captain for the 2019/20 season.
The 29-year-old Edinburgh native – who captained Scotland in their 2019 Rugby World Cup opener against Ireland on Sunday – will lead Edinburgh for the second straight season as he enters his 10th year at the club.
McInally, who has so far made 137 appearances for Edinburgh – the 12th most in the club’s history – follows in the footsteps of fellow Edinburgh centurions Chris Paterson, Mike Blair, Greig Laidlaw and Grant Gilchrist in having captained both club and country in the professional era.
Scrum-halves Henry Pyrgos and Nic Groom are named as vice-captains for the upcoming campaign and bring a wealth of experience to the role having between them amassed 19-years in professional rugby.
Pyrgos – who made 24 appearances in his inaugural season at BT Murrayfield – captained the capital side on several occasions in 2018/19, while recent signing Groom served as Lions captain prior to joining the club.
Head Coach Richard Cockerill, said: “Stuart is a fantastic player and a good man. He is a greatly respected member of the squad and that is a testament to the hard work he puts in every day of the week.
“He is an Edinburgh man, while he is hugely passionate about driving the club in the right direction.
“Henry and Nic will captain the side as Stuart continues at the World Cup. I’ve got every confidence that both guys have the right temperament to lead the squad in his absence.”