NEWS | Toolis to make 100th appearance in 1872 Cup derby

Edinburgh second-row Ben Toolis will make his 100th appearance for the club in the first leg of this season’s 1872 Cup derby against Glasgow at BT Murrayfield tomorrow night (Saturday 22 December, kick-off 5.15pm).

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The Scotland international – who joined the club’s academy from Australian side GPS Rugby in 2013 – will become the club’s 32nd centurion, joining current second-row teammates Grant Gilchrist and Fraser McKenzie in the 100 Club.

Toolis is named in a strong starting XV that includes just one change to the team that secured an impressive away win against Newcastle Falcons in the Heineken Champions Cup last weekend.

Scotland cap Allan Dell drops to the bench to be replaced by Pierre Schoeman in the front-row, with the South African making his first 1872 Cup appearance.

Ahead of the festive fixture - which sees Scotland’s two professional sides go head-to-head over three legs for the 1872 Cup - Head Coach Richard Cockerill, said: “Derby games are just different. I’ve learned very quickly since arriving in Scotland that, in matches between Edinburgh and Glasgow, the form book goes out the window.

"The boys are really looking forward to the match. It’s derby day, we’re at home, and we’re certainly going to leave everything out on the field. It's shaping up to be a tasty battle.”

An unchanged back-three sees Scotland international fullback Blair Kinghorn line up alongside wingers Duhan van der Merwe – a try-scorer in last Sunday’s Heineken Champions Cup win over Newcastle Falcons – and Darcy Graham.

Chris Dean is once again named at inside centre alongside James Johnstone, who retains his place in the starting XV after scoring in Sunday’s 21-8 win over the Falcons.

Jaco van der Walt – who knocked over 11 points with his boot in his last outing for the capital side – is partnered by experienced scrum-half Henry Pyrgos at half-back.

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

Experienced locks Toolis and Gilchrist continue in the second-row, whilst an unchanged back-row sees the Guinness PRO14’s leading ball carrier Luke Hamilton continue at blindside flanker alongside Hamish Watson and Fijian international No.8 Bill Mata.

 

Edinburgh team to face Glasgow Warriors at BT Murrayfield in the 1872 Cup on Saturday 22 December (kick-off 5.15pm) – live on Premier Sports.

 

15. Blair Kinghorn (73)

 

14. Darcy Graham (13)

13. James Johnstone (30)

12. Chris Dean (76)

11. Duhan van der Merwe (29)

 

10. Jaco van der Walt (26)

9. Henry Pyrgos (12)

 

1. Pierre Schoeman (9)

2. Stuart McInally (129) CAPTAIN

3. WP Nel (124)

4. Ben Toolis (99)

5. Grant Gilchrist (129)

6. Luke Hamilton (12)

7. Hamish Watson (90)

8. Bill Mata (47)

 

Replacements: 16. David Cherry (8); 17. Allan Dell (53); 18. Pietro Ceccarelli (4); 19. Callum Hunter-Hill (8); 20. Luke Crosbie (17); 21. Nathan Fowles (64); 22. Simon Hickey (12); 23. Juan Pablo Socino (10)

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