Denton stayed at Edinburgh to pursue World Cup dream

David Denton (SNS/SRU)

David Denton (SNS/SRU)

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A NEED to be in Scotland’s next World Cup squad has led capped forward David Denton to extend his contract with Edinburgh Rugby until summer 2016.

“My ambition is to be a mainstay in the Scotland team and I’ll be better looked after here. If I can continue my form going into the World Cup I’ll be in a good place,” said Denton.

“The World Cup is a massive motivator. I don’t want to finish my rugby career without being heavily involved in it.

“I had options all over the place but most of the interest was from Premiership clubs. It is a league that suits my style and it’s something I’d consider for the future, but for the next two years Edinburgh is the right place.

“I took a month and a half to decide. Now I can relax and play rugby.”

Meanwhile, Edinburgh coach Alan Solomons has turned to an old acquaintance for stand-off cover starting tonight at home to Leinster.

On the bench will be Tony Fenner, who has joined on a month’s loan from Viadana.

The Englishman lists Solomons on his personal website as one of three “referees”, along with a former school sports mentor and the academy coach at Bedford Blues.

Solomons has also referred to the arrival of a 24-year-old he coached at South Africa’s Eastern Province as “a trial”, hinting of a possible permanent switch.