Roddy Grant, Edinburgh Rugby back row, to retire

Roddy Grant joined Edinburgh in 2009, and has made over 130 appearances for the capital side. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Roddy Grant joined Edinburgh in 2009, and has made over 130 appearances for the capital side. Picture: Ian Rutherford

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RODDY Grant, the Edinburgh Rugby back row, has announced his retirement on the even of the 1872 Cup clash at BT Murrayfield.

The 28-year-old, who sustained a knee injury at the end of last season, has been forced to hang up his boots as a result of his recovery not progressing as expected.

The Botswana-born flanker has made over 130 appearances for Edinburgh since joining in 2009, and has scored 55 points.

Grant said: “It’s been a pretty emotional time, having to come to terms with the fact I have to stop playing due to injury but I have no regrets.

“I’m really proud of what I’ve done, what I’ve achieved and what I’ve contributed.”

Grant, who has also represented Scotland 7s and appeared at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, added: ““A difficult time has been made easier, however, as it’s not been a decision, as such, rather something that’s been put upon me. You just have to get on with it, accept things and move on.”

Roddy Grant is tackled by Cecil Afrika during Scotland's match with South Africa at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Roddy Grant is tackled by Cecil Afrika during Scotland's match with South Africa at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Picture: Ian Rutherford

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A former Border Reivers apprentice, Grant built up experience playing with Auckland University in New Zealand, and was part of the Scotland A team that defeated England Saxons 35-0 in 2012.

Grant added: “I made my 100th appearance against Glasgow [in 2013] so it’s fitting that this announcement is happening at this time of year.

“We won that game, and it was at BT Murrayfield too, which made it all the more special.”

Roddy is right up there with the best of the best. He has the heart of a lion. We will miss him – he is one of a kind

Alan Solomons

Grant’s team-mate Ross Ford is due to make his 150th appearance for Edinburgh in the 1872 Cup clash, adding further emotion to the occasion.

Grant, who captained Edinburgh on a number of occasions, paid tribute to the club’s fans, adding: “I have so many good memories and the supporters have been so great to me throughout my career.

“Edinburgh Rugby is a family, there’s a special bond with your team mates, and everyone here has been really supportive.”

Edinburgh head coach Alan Solomons described Grant as ‘a leader of men and the ultimate pro’, adding: “Roddy’s retirement is a sad day for both the club and Scottish rugby.

“I’ve been fortunate, over the years, to coach some terrific young men; Roddy is right up there with the best of the best. His contribution to the club has been immense, both on and off the field.

“He has the heart of a lion, an unbelievable work rate and he knew our systems and his role within them to perfection. Roddy never had a bad game. He is certainly one of the most consistent players I have ever coached.

“We will miss him – he is one of a kind.”