Internationalists return for crucial Ulster clash
The Edinburgh Rugby team to face Ulster in tomorrow night’s United Rugby Championship clash at DAM Health Stadium has today been named by Head Coach Mike Blair (Saturday 30 April, kick-off 7.35pm) – live on Premier Sports.
Scotland internationalists Luke Crosbie (back-row) and Damien Hoyland (wing) are once again fit and start, while tighthead prop WP Nel returns up front after serving a two-game suspension.
Internationalists Stuart McInally (hooker), Grant Gilchrist, Jamie Hodgson (both locks), Magnus Bradbury (number 8), Ben Vellacott (scrum-half), James Lang (centre) and Emiliano Boffelli (wing) all return to the starting XV as Edinburgh aim to maintain their unbeaten home record at DAM Health Stadium.
With a record number of tickets already sold for the penultimate league fixture of the season, the match is set to be the club’s first sell out at DAM Health Stadium with only a handful of places now available in the 7,774 capacity ground.
Ahead of the fixture, Head Coach Mike Blair, said: “We’ve talked a lot this season about constantly being in the moment and that mind set is something we need to continue this weekend as we face perhaps the biggest test so far at DAM Health Stadium.
“Ulster are an excellent side with a number of dangerous players so we know that we have to be switched on from the very first whistle.
“The home crowd are going to have a huge part to play on Saturday night and it’s been absolutely brilliant to see the number of tickets sold throughout the week as we approach the club’s very first sell out at the DAM Health.
“Running out in front of a full house will be a special moment for the players and hopefully it will act as a catalyst for a special performance.”
Last week’s match-winner Jaco van der Walt continues at full-back as wingers Boffelli and Hoyland complete the back-three.
Centre Mark Bennett – twice a try-scorer against Zebre – links up with Lang in midfield, while scrum-half Vellacott and stand-off Blair Kinghorn form an exciting half-back pairing.
Club centurion McInally packs down alongside props Pierre Schoeman – named Player of the Match in back-to-back fixtures – and Nel up front, as locks Gilchrist and Hodgson complete the tight-five.
Number 8 Bradbury anchors an all-Scotland back-row which sees Crosbie and Hamish Watson selected on opposite flanks.
Edinburgh Rugby team to face Ulster at DAM Health Stadium in the United Rugby Championship
Saturday 30 April (kick-off 7.35pm) – live on Premier Sports
15. Jaco van der Walt (85)
14. Damien Hoyland (90)
13. Mark Bennett (67)
12. James Lang (16)
11. Emiliano Boffelli (14)
10. Blair Kinghorn (115) VICE-CAPTAIN
9. Ben Vellacott (18)
1. Pierre Schoeman (79)
2. Stuart McInally (164) VICE-CAPTAIN
3. WP Nel (167)
4. Jamie Hodgson (37)
5. Grant Gilchrist (171) CAPTAIN
6. Luke Crosbie (65)
7. Hamish Watson (128)
8. Magnus Bradbury (109)
16. Dave Cherry (54)
17. Harrison Courtney (7)
18. Lee-Roy Atalifo (23)
19. Pierce Phillips (10)
20. Ben Muncaster (13)
21. Henry Pyrgos (66)
22. Chris Dean (117)
23. Matt Currie (13)
Unavailable: Luan de Bruin, Darcy Graham, Nick Haining, Henry Immelman, Viliame Mata, Ramiro Moyano, Jamie Ritchie, Ben Toolis, Boan Venter, Angus Williams, Glen Young