Ally Hogg celebrates Mike Blair's try in the 2008 RBS 6 Nations match against Italy
Flanker Ally Hogg is determined to use the Emirates IRB Sevens Grand Prix and the Scotland A tour as a springboard to success next season with the Newcastle Falcons.
Hogg suffered a frustrating last season with Edinburgh as injuries ruled him out of most of the campaign.
But the 27-year-old will have an opportunity to sign off with a bang in the Scottish capital after being selected in the 12-strong squad that will play the London and Murrayfield Sevens tournaments.
Then he will join Sean Lineen’s Scotland A squad in defence of their IRB Nations Cup – tournaments he believes can get him back up and running in time for the start of the next campaign.
He said: “Getting a bit of rugby back into me and building up fitness was obviously a key aim.
"Sevens success would be a nice way to sign off an eight-year stint in Edinburgh where I have learned so much about rugby.
"Captaining Edinburgh for a year in the absence of Mike Blair also meant a lot to me while being given the chance to feature alongside some great players.
"Now I have to test myself against different teams and the sevens opportunity will give me a chance to hit the ground running (in 2010-11).”