Former Scotland stand off Gordon Ross will be back on familiar territory when he lines up for the Barbarians against Heriot’s at Goldenacre on April 21.
The 37-year-old launched his career with the Capital side before moving into the professional ranks and played for Edinburgh, Leeds, Castres and Saracens before moving on to London Welsh, where he currently plies his trade.
Ross, who earned 25 international caps, has been player/coach at the Aviva Premiership outfit this season and now plans to move into coaching on a full time basis. He is relishing a return to his roots for the showpiece encounter that will celebrate the 125th anniversaries of both Heriot’s and the Barbarians.
“I went to school at Heriot’s from the age of 11 and it’s where I got into rugby,” he said. “From then I played for the FPs for four years and a couple more when I was a professional with Edinburgh. The last time I would have played there was in 2002, I think, and while I’ll probably recognise lots of old faces, I won’t know so many of the young ones – but I enjoyed playing alongside Phil Smith, who’s now coaching them.”