Douglas and Haining to start against London Scottish
Summer signings Murray Douglas and Nick Haining both start as Edinburgh take on London Scottish in the Principal & Prosper pre-season friendly at BT Murrayfield this Saturday (31 August, kick-off 2pm).
The forward pairing are named in a 30-man squad for the encounter which sees Edinburgh return to action for the first time since April.
The match is the very first opportunity for fans to see the Edinburgh 2019/20 Macron playing kit in action with tickets for the fixture available here as well as the gate on the day.
Head Coach Richard Cockerill said: “The boys are chomping at the bit to finally play some rugby. We're really looking forward to getting back out on the pitch in front of our home support at BT Murrayfield.
“The squad have been working extremely hard on the training paddock throughout the summer, but it’s now time to start building that match fitness which only comes with getting game time.
“We have picked a strong side to start this weekend, however this match really gives us an opportunity to evaluate all positions. Plenty of players named on the bench will be looking to put their hand up for selection in the coming weeks.”
An experienced back-three sees Scotland international Damien Hoyland start at fullback with wingers Dougie Fife and Jamie Farndale selected on the flanks.
Inside centre Chris Dean is named as captain and is partnered in midfield by 22-times capped internationalist, Mark Bennett.
Experienced half-back pairing Henry Pyrgos and Jaco van der Walt complete the backline.
Dave Cherry gets the nod at hooker and packs down alongside loosehead, Rory Sutherland, and Italian international tighthead, Pietro Ceccarelli.
Fraser McKenzie starts at lock alongside Douglas, who once again represents the capital after making his debut for the club against Cardiff Blues in 2012.
Summer signing Haining starts at No.8 with flankers Luke Crosbie and Ally Miller forming the remainder of the back-row.
Ewan Ashman – who this month joined the club on loan from Sale Sharks – is named among the replacements alongside fellow summer signing, Nic Groom.
Edinburgh team to face London Scottish at BT Murrayfield in the Principal & Prosper pre-season friendly on Saturday 31 August (kick-off 2pm)
15. Damien Hoyland
14. Jamie Farndale
13. Mark Bennett
12. Chris Dean CAPTAIN
11. Dougie Fife
10. Jaco van der Walt
9. Henry Pyrgos
1. Rory Sutherland
2. Dave Cherry
3. Pietro Ceccarelli
4. Fraser McKenzie
5. Murray Douglas
6. Ally Miller
7. Luke Crosbie
8. Nick Haining
Replacements: Pierre Schoeman, Darryl Marfo, Ewan Ashman, Murray McCallum, Jack Stanley, Jamie Hodgson, Connor Boyle, Charlie Shiel, Nic Groom, Matt Scott, Simon Hickey, Jack Blain, James Johnstone, Sam Pecqueur, Tom Brown
Unavailable due to injury: Cameron Fenton, Michael Willemse, Mesu Kunavula, Lewis Carmichael, Rory Darge, Duhan van der Merwe