Five changes to Edinburgh side for Leinster clash

Edinburgh Rugby Acting Head Coach Duncan Hodge has named five personnel changes to his side for tomorrow night’s (Friday 17 February) Guinness PRO12 clash against Leinster at the RDS Arena (kick-off 7.35pm) – live on BBC ALBA.

Glenn Bryce starts at full-back

After a successful stint with Scotland 7s, Glenn Bryce returns to start at full-back in place of Blair Kinghorn, who moves to the bench.

Sam Hidalgo-Clyne is named in the number nine jersey and will be partnered by Duncan Weir, who returns from Scotland national team duty to take up the stand-off berth.

Neil Cochrane is set to pack down at hooker, while Cornell Du Preez comes into the side to start at number eight.

Hodge said: “We’re back on the road and know Leinster are a tough team to overcome, especially on their home patch.

“As a squad, we’ve learned a lot from last week’s match against Ulster and will look to take the positives from an encouraging second-half display into this week’s game.

“The players showed a lot of character and resolve last week in overcoming the challenges of what was a high-tempo and physical encounter.

“Those involved tomorrow night will need to show a similar tenacity and perform for the full 80 minutes if we’re to challenge the home side.”

Tom Brown – who announced he’s extended his time with the capital club for a further two seasons– continues on the left wing, joining Damien Hoyland and Bryce in the back-three.

Phil Burleigh and Chris Dean continue as the centre partnership outside Weir and Hidalgo-Clyne.

Jack Cosgrove and Murray McCallum start at loosehead and tighthead prop respectively, completing the front-row alongside Cochrane.

Jamie Ritchie – a late call-up into last week’s match-day squad – is named on the openside flank, with Magnus Bradbury moving to the blindside to accommodate for the inclusion of Du Preez in the back-row.


Edinburgh Rugby team to play Leinster at the RDS Arena in the Guinness PRO12 tomorrow (Friday 17 February, kick-off 7.35pm) – live on BBC ALBA 

15. Glenn Bryce

14. Damien Hoyland
13. Chris Dean
12. Phil Burleigh
11. Tom Brown

10. Duncan Weir
9. Sam Hidalgo-Clyne

1. Jack Cosgrove
2. Neil Cochrane CAPTAIN
3. Murray McCallum
4. Fraser McKenzie
5. Ben Toolis
6. Magnus Bradbury
7. Jamie Ritchie
8. Cornell Du Preez


16. George Turner
17. Derrick Appiah
18. Nick Beavon
19. Grant Gilchrist
20. Lewis Carmichael
21. Nathan Fowles
22. Jason Tovey
23. Blair Kinghorn


Players unavailable due to injury: Michael Allen (concussion),  Alasdair Dickinson (foot), Viliami Fihaki (hand), Will Helu (hand), Viliame Mata (knee), Nasi Manu (shoulder), Stuart McInally (leg), WP Nel (neck), Alex Northam (Achilles), Rory Sutherland (groin), Kyle Whyte (knee)