Carmichael returns from injury for Ospreys Test

Carmichael returns from injury for Ospreys Test

​Scotland internationalist Lewis Carmichael will make his long-awaited return from injury as Edinburgh face Ospreys at BT Murrayfield in the Principal & Prosper Pre-Season friendly this Saturday (14 September, kick-off 3pm).

The lock returns to competitive action for the first time in over a year and is named in the starting XV alongside winger Duhan van der Merwe – who also makes his first appearance of the season – and recent summer signing, Ruan Steenkamp.

Elsewhere, new recruit and Scotland international prop Jamie Bhatti is selected among the replacements as Head Coach Richard Cockerill names a 34-man squad for the fixture.

Tickets for Edinburgh’s final Principal & Prosper Pre-Season friendly of 2019 are available here as well as from the ticket office on the day.

Ahead of the match, Cockerill, said: “It’s great to see guys now returning from injury and this weekend will be a good opportunity for them to build-up that match fitness ahead of the new season.

“While we did a lot of positive things in the win over London Scottish, there was also plenty to work on from both an attacking and defensive perspective – so we’re keen to see improvements in all areas of our game.

“Ospreys are obviously a quality side, who we know well from league action, so it will be a great test to see where we are as a squad with the season opener just two weeks away.”

The inclusion of Van der Merwe on the wing is the only alteration to an otherwise unchanged back-three as Jamie Farndale is selected on the opposite flank, while Damien Hoyland - who was named Principal & Prosper Man of the Match in the win over London Scottish a fortnight ago - continues at fullback.

An all-international centre combination sees Matt Scott and Mark Bennett paired in midfield, while scrum-half Nic Groom – who is named as captain – links-up with compatriot Jaco van der Walt at half-back.

David Cherry starts at hooker and packs down alongside Pierre Schoeman and Italian international prop Pietro Ceccarelli in the front row. Carmichael – who makes his first appearance for the club in over a year – is named alongside Murray Douglas in the second-row.

Recent signing Steenkamp gets the nod at openside flanker, with blindside flanker Luke Crosbie and No.8 Nick Haining forming the remainder of the back-row.

Edinburgh team to face Ospreys at BT Murrayfield in the Principal & Prosper Pre-Season friendly this Saturday 14 September (kick-off 3pm)

15. Damien Hoyland

14. Jamie Farndale

13. Mark Bennett

12. Matt Scott

11. Duhan van der Merwe

10. Jaco van der Walt

9. Nic Groom CAPTAIN

1. Pierre Schoeman

2. Dave Cherry

3. Pietro Ceccarelli

4. Murray Douglas

5. Lewis Carmichael

6. Luke Crosbie

7. Ruan Steenkamp

8. Nick Haining

Replacements: Jamie Bhatti, Murray McCallum, Jack Stanley, Cameron Fenton, Ewan Ashman, Jamie Hodgson, Fraser McKenzie, Rory Darge, Connor Boyle, Ally Miller, Henry Pyrgos, Charlie Shiel, Simon Hickey, Jason Baggott, George Taylor, Chris Dean, James Johnstone, Sam Pecqueur, Tom Brown

Unavailable due to injury: Rory Sutherland, Dan Winning, Michael Willemse, Mesu Kunavula, Dougie Fife, Jack Blain, Ross McCann

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