Dickinson and Toolis commit to Edinburgh


Scotland duo Alasdair Dickinson and Ben Toolis have signed new contracts with Pro12 club Edinburgh

Prop Dickinson has put pen to paper on a three-year deal with the capital club, while lock Toolis has extended his stay until 2018.

Dickinson, capped 52 times by Scotland, returned for a second spell at Edinburgh two years ago after plying his trade south of the border and the 32-year-old has set his sights on raising the bar for club and country after committing to the club.

He said: "There's a special place in your heart for your first team - I went away to try to push myself out of my comfort zone and test myself in another environment, meet new players and coaches in a different league.

"Then I thought the time was right for me to come back and share my experiences with the players here to help push Edinburgh forward. We're not exactly where we want to be yet but I want to help Scottish rugby and help some of the youngsters coming through.

"Our run in the Challenge Cup last year was pretty good and we've had some remarkable wins. We have a great group of lads who work hard and are pretty humble."

Brisbane-born Toolis joined Edinburgh's Elite Development Player programme along with his twin brother, Alex, two years ago and earned his first Scotland cap against Italy in the Six Nations this year.