NEWS | Nine changes for Leinster showdown

Head Coach Richard Cockerill has made nine changes to his Edinburgh team for tomorrow night’s Guinness PRO14 encounter with reigning champions Leinster at the RDS Arena (Saturday 22 September, kick-off 7.35pm) – live on Premier Sports.

As several internationalists - including Ross Ford, Allan Dell and Magnus Bradbury - are rotated into the match-day squad, the starting XV includes just six players that started in the 17-10 victory over Connacht last weekend.

Dougie Fife, Duhan van der Merwe, Jaco van der Walt, Ben Toolis, Luke Hamilton and Jamie Ritchie are all once again selected as Edinburgh look to secure their first away victory of the season.

On his selection, Cockerill, said: “It’s going to be a good challenge for us. We’re going to go there, throw everything at them and see where we get to.

“We pushed them close there last year and were probably unlucky not to get anything out the game. They’re a great side and had a good win against Dragons last weekend.

“It’s going to be a tough evening for us but one we look forward to. Leinster are and have the best team in Europe and we’ve got to go there and give it a bash.”

Fullback, Fife, completes the back-three alongside wingers Van der Merwe and Jamie Farndale. The Scotland Sevens star makes his first appearance for Edinburgh since his debut as a replacement against Cardiff Blues in April 2012.

In the midfield, Chris Dean returns from injury to partner summer recruit Juan Pablo Socino, who makes his first competitive start for the club. Van der Walt continues at stand-off, while Sean Kennedy makes his first start of the campaign at scrum-half.

A new look front-row sees 110-times capped Scotland international hooker Ross Ford pack down alongside Allan Dell and Simon Berghan, while Fraser McKenzie – named as captain - and Toolis form the second-row.  

After a replacement appearance from the bench against Connacht last weekend, Bradbury is named at number eight, with Ritchie and Hamilton completing a combative back-row.

Replacement hooker Dave Cherry could make his debut if called upon from the bench. The former Scotland U20 player who joined the club from French Fédérale 2 side Stade Niçois on a one-year-deal in the summer.

 

Edinburgh team to face Leinster at the RDS Arena in the Guinness PRO14 tomorrow (Saturday 22 September, kick-off 7.35pm) – live on Premier Sports.

 

15. Dougie Fife (110)

 

14. Jamie Farndale (1)

13. Chris Dean (66)

12. Juan Pablo Socino (1)

11. Duhan van der Merwe (20)

 

10. Jaco van der Walt (19)

9. Sean Kennedy (62)

 

1. Allan Dell (47)

2. Ross Ford (181)

3. Simon Berghan (51)

4. Fraser McKenzie (103) CAPTAIN

5. Ben Toolis (91)

6. Luke Hamilton (3)

7. Jamie Ritchie (51)

8. Magnus Bradbury (54)

 

Replacements: 16. Dave Cherry*; 17. Pierre Schoeman (3); 18. Murray McCallum (40); 19. Callum Hunter-Hill (1); 20. Luke Crosbie (13); 21. Nathan Fowles (59); 22. Simon Hickey (2); 23. James Johnstone (21)

 

*Edinburgh competitive debut