Treviso’s Tom Palmer will be in the away dressing-room at BT Murrayfield tomorrow night, but the second-row will feel right at home back in the city that he grew up in.
Having been born in London, Palmer, now 36, moved to the Capital with his family when he was six and he has fond memories of his 11 years in Scotland. His parents still live here.
In the near 20 years since he left Edinburgh he has gone on to have a cracking professional rugby career, including earning 42 caps for England and playing for the likes of Wasps, Stade Francais and Gloucester.
The second-row said: “I have been lucky in my career to have played in great stadiums and with great teams, but I always remember some good rugby days in Edinburgh where it started.
“Soon after we moved up from down south I was at Sciennes Primary School and my dad took me down to Boroughmuir to play in the mini section.
“I loved it down at Meggetland every Sunday and I progressed through the various age levels until I was about 16. By that time I was at Boroughmuir High School and we had a school team.
“There were a good bunch of guys there and I keep in touch with a lot of them to this day. I was also lucky enough to play a couple of matches for Edinburgh Schools and played alongside the likes of Marcus Di Rollo and Gordon Ross and played against Chris Paterson.
“Great memories and I love Edinburgh as a city and my mum and dad still live there and will be at the match on Friday to cheer me on.”
Palmer and Treviso will need all the support they can get against an in-form Edinburgh because they are still winless this season in the Guinness PRO12 and their head coach moved on this week.
He said: “It has been a tough time at the club since I joined in the summer, but the guys are all working hard and we have stuck together. We have picked up a number of losing bonus points and pushed teams close, but we just haven’t got that elusive win.
“Edinburgh have really been improving under Alan Solomons and will be on a high after the wins over Glasgow, but we will be trying to make it as tough for them as possible.”