Ford signs new Edinburgh deal

Scotland hooker Ross Ford has signed a new two-year deal with Edinburgh.

The British and Irish Lion will remain with the Scottish capital club until the summer of 2016.

Ford has 75 Scotland caps but was dropped for the final three matches of this year's Six Nations after a woeful display as the Dark Blues were humiliated 20-0 by England.

But Edinburgh boss Alan Solomons was eager to retain the 29-year-old's services and said: "Ross is an outstanding bloke and an outstanding rugby player.

"His form for us has been tremendous this season and he has made an invaluable contribution.

"First of all he is genetically gifted. He is a big, strong boy and uses the weight and power that he has effectively. He is exceptionally committed and an absolute professional in everything he does.

"He is a good role model for our younger players and is such a good guy to have in the squad. It's great that he has committed to us.

"I've never heard anyone say a bad word about him and I don't think they could, he's just a fine human being."

Ford said: "I'm really pleased to stay on at Edinburgh. I've enjoyed my time here and I really like the coaching style of Alan and the set-up he's putting in place.

"We're developing a style that suits us and that's tough to beat. Alan has worked us hard and I think that, while we still have a bit to go, you can see consistent improvements in our performances.

"I can now look forward to continuing those improvements and helping the club push forward for at least the next two seasons."