Ross Rennie hopes caps fit with permanent switch to Bristol

Ross Rennie in action for Scotland against England in 2012. Pic: Ian Rutherford
Ross Rennie in action for Scotland against England in 2012. Pic: Ian Rutherford
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Departing Edinburgh flanker Ross Rennie believes his permanent switch to Bristol can be the basis for a return to the Scotland squad.

The 28-year-old joined the Greene King IPA Championship pacesetters on loan in January and has scored seven tries in nine appearances. Yesterday he signed a two-year deal with the club that is set to step up to the Aviva Premiership.

And underlining his aspirations, including his hopes of adding to a tally of 20 international caps, Rennie said: “I want to be playing in the top flight and regularly representing my country – I’m confident that I can achieve that playing for Bristol.

“Edinburgh is my home town and I love the club, but I think the time is right to pursue a new challenge here in Bristol.

“I’ve enjoyed my time here since arriving on loan in January and believe it’s an exciting time to stay on at the club and push on for a place in the Premiership next season. I’d like to thank everybody at Edinburgh Rugby; I’ve had an incredible time playing there and will hold many fond memories.”

Rennie was joined at Bristol on loan by hooker Stuart McInally, who will return to Edinburgh at the end of the season.

Meanwhile, RBS Cup winners Heriot’s have made a move to strengthen their squad ahead of next season by signing stand off Gregor McNeish from Dunfermline. McNeish was a prolific points scorer with the boot as the Fifers gained promotion to the National League.

He was set to be in action for the Co-optimists tonight when the invitation side meets an East Lothian select at Neilson Park in Haddington (kick-off 6.45pm).

The Co-optimists will be skippered by Currie No.8 Ross Weston – a former Haddington player – while Ruaridh Pye and Stew Mel’s Kevin Brown are the coaches.