Scotland hooker Ross Ford today hailed the achievements of Edinburgh front-row colleague Ally Dickinson.
The prop is poised to take the first steps this weekend towards a third World Cup, as he is expected to be named in the Scotland team for the opening viagogo Autumn Test against Argentina on Saturday.
The clash against the Pumas marks the start of the build-up to England 2015 and things wouldn’t be the same at this level without “Dicko”, now 31, who debuted for Scotland in the 2007 tournament before making three substitute appearances four years later.
Ford believes the ex-Heriot’s star will be around for a while yet, saying: “Dicko is a grafter. He has a great engine. Defensively he puts the hits in and scrumming-wise he is very good. The new laws allow him to do a lot of damage and Dicko has played well this season.”
In a situation that would have been unthinkable not long ago, no Edinburgh back will be selected by Scotland boss Vern Cotter, albeit against South Africa on tour last time Capital flag-bearer Nick De Luca was on his way to the south of France.
Centre Mark Bennett will debut as part of a Glasgow-dominated back-line. Up front, Adam Ashe is poised to win a second cap at No.8 with the Gray brothers, Jonny and Richie, at second row.