Ross Ford has won a reputation as one of the best hookers in Europe. Ford signed for Edinburgh in 2007 after the disbandment of his former club the Border Reivers. He made his debut for Scotland in the 2004 Autumn International against Australia. Strong performances for his country during the Six Nations in 2009 earned Ford a call-up to the 2009 British and Irish Lions squad. Ford came on as a replacement after 37 minutes in the Lions' 29-8 victory over South Africa in the third test. Ford marked his World Cup debut in 2007 with a try against Portugal.