The Team of '12: Where are they now?
Ahead of this Saturday's rerun of 2012's Heineken Champions Cup Quarter-Final against Toulouse, we asked our resident super fan and Edinburgh Rugby expert @TheBurghWatch to look back on the team that took Europe by storm.
From Allan Jacobsen to Tim Visser, @TheBurghWatch looks back on the 23 players that faced Toulouse at BT Murrayfield on that fateful day in April 2012.
15. Tom Brown
Tom is an Edinburgh Rugby centurion in both games played and points scored having notched 20 tries (100 points) in 118 matches during a nine year career in the capital. Tom was released in 2019 to join the Scotland 7's set up on a full-time basis and will be fondly remembered by the Burgh faithful for his swashbuckling and at times kamikaze style of play.
The fullback earned a single Scotland cap in 2012 in a match that saw the national side secure a thrilling 9-6 win over Australia in Newcastle.
14. Lee Jones
Lee moved north from his native Selkirk to join Edinburgh on a development contract in 2010. He spent the next four years with the club, amassing 57 appearances before making the switch to Scotstoun where he remains to this day.
The flying Souter - now 31 - has represented Scotland on 10 occasions, while he has featured at Sevens since 2009 and has appeared in 82 competitions for his country in the short form of the game.
13. Nick De Luca
Nick is another Edinburgh Rugby centurion who came through the ranks at the Border Reivers before departing for pastures new in Biarritz. Nick finished his playing career at the end of the 2017 season with Wasps. He is currently Director of Rugby at Uppingham School.
12. Matt Scott
Matt has had two spells at his hometown club either side of a two year spell with Gloucester in the English premiership. The curtailment of the current season leaves him stuck on 94 appearances as he will depart the club shortly to return to England to play for Leicester Tigers.
11. Tim Visser
Tim finished his career as Edinburgh Rugby's record try-scorer and the top-scorer in the then-PRO12 for four consecutive seasons after joining the club from Newcastle in 2010. The Flying Dutchman signed for Harlequins in 2015 and spent the next four years at The Stoop before announcing his retirement.
He is currently balancing media work with property development management, back in the Scottish capital. Fun fact: Visser wasn’t the first person of Dutch origin to play for Scotland as Frans Ten Bos earned 17 caps for Scotland in the early 60’s!
10. Greig Laidlaw
Greig played for Edinburgh 137 times between 2007 and 2014 before moving to Gloucester. Whilst at the Cherry and Whites, he returned to haunt his old side in the 2015 Challenge Cup Final scoring 14 points to help Gloucester to victory.
In 2017 he made the short trip across the channel to enjoy a three-year stay at Clermont Auvergne. In the last few months he has retired from international rugby and also ended his time at Clermont. He is now widely rumoured to be heading to Japan to finish his playing career. Fun fact: Greig has scored more than 2236 points as a professional rugby player.
9. Mike Blair
Mike had a 10 year career with Edinburgh before moving to Brive in 2012, where he spent just one season. He then returned to the UK for a couple of years with Newcastle Falcons before ending his playing career with Glasgow Warriors.
He is Scotland’s most capped scrum-half and was the first Scot to be nominated for IRB World Player of the year. Mike is currently Scotland Skills Coach. Fun fact: He is one of three brothers to play for Edinburgh (Alex and David).
1. Allan Jacobsen
Chunk is Edinburgh’s all-time record cap holder and the inspiration and model for The Caullie Lug. A one club man who represented his home town club for 14 years. He also earned 65 Scotland caps. A club legend and the focal point of many a story off the field too... Chunk now runs his own plumbing business.
2. Ross Ford
Scotland's most capped forward and Edinburgh’s most capped hooker with 197 appearances. Fordy came through the ranks at Border Reivers before joining Glasgow in 2007. Understandably, the hooker lasted only last 73 days in Scotland's other city before joining Edinburgh where he remained until his playing career came to a close at end of the 2018-19 season.
He is now working as a strength and conditioning coach with the FOSROC Scottish Rugby Academy. Fun fact: More than 10 years elapsed between Ross’ first and last internationals tries!
3. Geoff Cross
Almost as famous for his impressive beard, Cross pulled on the black and red Edinburgh shirt 162 times in an eight year spell in the Scottish capital. Towards the end of his Edinburgh career he was loaned out to Glasgow, before signing for London Irish where he remained for two seasons - the prop retired at the end of the 2016 season.
Geoff is a medical doctor and fun fact: The beard was finally shaved off in 2015 in an event that raised £10,000 for the Wooden Spoon Charity!
4. Grant Gilchrist
Gilco is one of only three players still at the club that started against Toulouse in 2012. The club legend's career started in 2011 and he has gone on to play 148 times for the capital side, while representing Scotland on 42 occasions. Fun fact: In his nine years at the club, he has started alongside 11 different players in the second-row!.
5. Sean Cox
The big second-row joined Edinburgh Rugby in 2011 following nine seasons at Sale Sharks. He went on to play 60 times for Edinburgh before returning south to play for London Irish in 2014. He retired at the end of the 2015 season to pursue a career in investment management.
6. Dave Denton
A real Edinburgh legend who will be remembered for his long blonde locks and rapid rise to international honours! At the time, Dents was the rarest of commodities; a Scottish qualified big ball carrying No.8 with great skills and abilities in the loose.
He was an Edinburgh player between 2010 and 2015 and played 79 times for the club before moving to England where he had spells at Bath, Worcester and Leicester Tigers before he was forced to retire due to repeated concussions. Dentweezy is now back in Edinburgh combining media work with business.
7. Ross Rennie
In his nine year spell in the capital, Ross played 91 times for Edinburgh, a figure that could have been far higher had it now been for a string of unfortunate injuries. He was thought to be one of the best open side flankers of his generation and left Edinburgh to follow former Head Coach Andy Robinson to Bristol in 2013.
Ross announced his retirement from from rugby in January 2015 and is now working in property management.
8. Netani Talei
The big No. 8 joined Edinburgh from Worcester Warriors in 2010 where he had been for three seasons. He went on to represent the club 53 times between then and 2013 before heading off to Dragons for a short spell.
He then signed for Harlequins in February of 2017 but his time there was cut short by a knee injury and he retired from the game in May of that year. He also represented Fiji on 33 occasions and captained his country. He is a founding member of Pacific Rugby Players Welfare and is now working as a strength and conditioning coach in London.
16. Andrew Kelly
‘Ned’ played over 100 times for Edinburgh in a 10 year spell that started in 2003. He did, however, spend much of that time vying with Ross Ford for the hooker starting berth! He took a position as player/coach and then coach of Valley RFC in Hong Kong at the conclusion of his time at Edinburgh.
He returned to Scotland in February 2020 to become the Head Coach of FOSROC Super6 side Heriot's Rugby.
17. Kyle Traynor
Kyle signed a development contract with Edinburgh in 2005 and after finishing his degree at Napier University, he signed on full time and stayed with the club until 2012 by which time he had amassed 87 appearances.
He then went on to play for Bristol for five years before finishing his playing career with short spells at Leicester Tigers and Gloucester. He gained a Master’s Degree at Oxford University just prior to retiring from rugby and now works as a management consultant. Fun fact: He missed out on playing in the varsity match whilst at Oxford due to his status as a professional rugby player!
18. Jack Gilding
Jack signed from Worcester in 2010 as a prop who could play on both sides of the scrum. Following the 2012 season, Jack moved to Italy to play for Viadana in the Italian Top 10. He was with London Welsh after that before returning to Italy to play for Colorno. He now plays semi-professionally with Chinnor RFC whilst pursuing a career in construction.
19. Stuart McInally
The then back-row made the switch to the coalface shortly after this European campaign and has since cemented himself as a proper Edinburgh Rugby legend. The hooker has played his entire senior career in the Scottish capital with the exception of a short loan spell at Bristol whilst he was making the transition to hooker.
He has made 142 appearances and has captained both Edinburgh and Scotland. If there’s any justice he will be a Lion in 2021. Fun fact: You probably didn’t know that he’s a qualified pilot and is quite keen on coffee!
20. Roddy Grant
Widely asserted as one of the best players not to get a Scotland cap. Roddy played 138 times during a seven-year spell with Edinburgh and was always an inspirational character that led from the front.
He hit the 100 mark against Glasgow in December 2013. Injury forced his retirement from playing in 2015, but he went on to be Assistant Forwards Coach under Head Coach Richard Cockerill. He took a post as Forwards Coach at fellow PRO14 side Ulster in 2019. Fun fact: His father and great uncle were international referees and the latter was also manager of the 1977 Lions tour to New Zealand!
21. Chris Leck
in a three year period at Edinburgh, Chris played understudy to Greig Laidlaw and Mike Blair, as well as Richie Rees. This restricted him to only 34 appearances in an Edinburgh shirt. He joined Stade Nicois as Strength and Conditioning Coach for the start of the 2019-20 season following a period with the FOSROC Scottish Rugby Academy.
22. Phil Godman
Phil signed a professional contract with Newcastle straight from school and spent the next two years with the Tyneside club. He joined Edinburgh in 2004 and remained there for the next eight years before rejoining Newcastle for a final two year spell. He is currently Director of Rugby at The High School of Dundee. Fun fact: Phil played in three consecutive Scottish Schools cup finals for Merchiston Castle, winning two of them!
23. Jim Thompson
Jim signed a professional contract with Edinburgh in 2008 and played 61 times for the club in four-year spell before joining London Scottish. He retired from playing in January 2015 due to injury. He is now the Director of Sport at Strathallan School.
Edinburgh Rugby: T Brown; Jones, De Luca, Scott, T Visser; Laidlaw, M Blair; Jacobsen, Ford, Cross, Gilchrist, Cox, Denton, Rennie, Talei.
Replacements: Leck for M Blair (40), Grant for Rennie (71), McInally for Talei (71).
Not Used: Kelly, Traynor, Gilding, Godman, Thompson.