NEWS | Edinburgh named settled side for trip to Falcons

Head Coach Richard Cockerill has named a settled side to face Newcastle Falcons at Kingston Park in Round 4 of the Heineken Champions Cup this Sunday (16 December, kick-off 3.15pm) – live on BT Sport.

As Edinburgh look to build on last weekend’s bonus-point win over the Kingston Park outfit which elevated the capital side to the top of Pool 5, the team selection includes just two changes as Scotland internationalists Allan Dell and Luke Hamilton are named in the starting XV.

The capped duo come in to replace Jamie Ritchie – who drops out due to injury – and Pierre Schoeman, with the prop named among the replacements.

Ahead of the fixture, Cockerill, said: “We’ve got everything to play for. Newcastle will be a lot stronger and obviously hurting from the situation last weekend, as well as the result.

“But, we’ve just go to keep concentrating on what we’re doing. We know that if we get it right, we can beat them. They had a lot of very good players playing last weekend and they’ll have some good players to come back into that squad this week.

“Whatever team they put out we’ve just got to do our best and leave our best game out on the field.”

An unchanged back-three sees fullback Blair Kinghorn – a try-scorer in last weekend’s win over Falcons – named alongside wingers Duhan van der Merwe and Darcy Graham.

James Johnstone is once against named in midfield alongside Chris Dean, who keeps his place at inside-centre after crossing the whitewash against Falcons a week-ago.

Experienced Scotland scrum-half Henry Pyrgos and South-African stand-off Jaco van der Walt continue at half-back.

The inclusion of Dell at loosehead prop is the only alteration to an otherwise unchanged front-row as WP Nel is selected alongside captain Stuart McInally.

Scotland locks Ben Toolis and Grant Gilchrist continue in the second-row, whilst Hamilton completes the back-row alongside Hamish Watson and Fijian No. 8 Viliame Mata.


Edinburgh team to face Newcastle Falcons at Kingston Park in the Heineken Champions Cup on Sunday 16 December, kick-off 3.15pm – live on BT Sport


15. Blair Kinghorn (72)


14. Darcy Graham (12)

13. James Johnstone (29)

12. Chris Dean (75)

11. Duhan van der Merwe (28)


10. Jaco van der Walt (25)

9. Henry Pyrgos (11)


1. Allan Dell (52)

2. Stuart McInally (128) CAPTAIN

3. WP Nel (123)

4. Ben Toolis (98)

5. Grant Gilchrist (128)

6. Luke Hamilton (11)

7. Hamish Watson (89)

8. Viliame Mata (46)


Replacements: 16. Dave Cherry (7); 17. Pierre Schoeman (8); 18. Simon Berghan (57); 19. Callum Hunter-Hill (7); 20. Luke Crosbie (16); 21. Nathan Fowles (63); 22. Simon Hickey (11); 23. Juan Pablo Socino (9)

Unavailable due to injury: Callum Atkinson; Lewis Carmichael; John Barclay; Magnus Bradbury; Jamie Ritchie; Senitiki Nayalo; Matt Scott; Mark Bennett; Damien Hoyland