HENRY PYRGOS had signed a two-year contract extension which will run to the summer of 2012. The 29-year-old scrum-half, who has been capped 27-times by Scotland, joined the club from Glasgow Warriors last summer and has been a key figure for the capital outfit in their march to the knock-out stages of the European Champions Cup. He has made 18 appearances for the club so far this season.
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my first season at Edinburgh and I’m excited to sign for two more years,” he said. “I really believe we have the ability to go and achieve success over the next few seasons. I’m looking forward to working hard to make that happen.”
Head coach Richard Cockerill welcomed the news that one of his most experienced and influential players – who has skippered the team on several occasions when club captain Stuart McInally has been unavailable – has agreed to extend his stay at the club.
“Henry is a level headed, gutsy player whose leadership and playmaking abilities are integral to the way we play,” he said. “He offers a great link between our forward pack and backline, so we’re delighted that he will continue to represent this club for the next two seasons.”
A former pupil of Bryanston School in Dorset, Pyrgos is eligible for Scotland through his mum, who was born in Grangemouth, while his grandparents were born in Dundee. He made his international debut against New Zealand in the first match of the 2012 Autumn Tests.