Alasdair Dickinson humble ahead of his 100th Edinburgh Rugby cap
Loosehead prop hailed as 'world class' by Alan Solomons ahead of Grenoble clash.
Alasdair Dickinson will lead out Edinburgh Rugby in the European Challenge Cup to mark his 100th cap for the club – but he is determined he will not hog the limelight on his big day.
The humble prop insisted he did not even know the milestone was approaching and said he believes there are others in Black and Red far more deserving of acclaim.
But after showing the best form of his career for the past two years, winning plaudits across the board for Scotland at the Rugby World Cup, few observers would argue that the 32-year-old front row deserves his moment.
Dickinson said: "I didn’t actually know much about it. I had no idea, but I’m massively proud.
"I think there are more guys that should be [centre of attention] rather than me but I’ll just my usual thing.
"Hopefully we get a good performance as a squad because the last couple of weeks have been disappointing."
Dickinson, who played with Edinburgh from 2003 to 2007 before spending six years in England with Gloucester and Sale Sharks, returned to Murrayfield in 2013 and quickly formed a bond with hooker Ross Ford and tighthead prop WP Nel which now serves club and country.
But the 52-cap international was typically bashful when asked about the form of a front row that piled the pressure on the much-vaunted Australian scrum in the World Cup quarter-finals.
Dickinson said: "Fordy and WP have been immense over the last few seasons.
"But the guys who have been playing and are now on the bench have been outstanding as well, so there is nothing lost when those guys come on."
Edinburgh head coach Alan Solomons has been delighted with the form of his front row, and praised the leadership of Dickinson as vital to the team.
Speaking ahead of Friday night’s match against FC Grenoble, Solomons said: "He is a fantastic man, a great team man.
"He is an absolute professional is everything he does and a world class loosehead prop.
"He means a huge amount to Edinburgh Rugby and to Scottish rugby.
"It is a great achievement to get 100 caps and I hope that the team will honour the occasion for him."